Maybe you've found C.L.A.S.H. because you are a person who lives in any of the public housing complexes across the country and have received notice that you will be forced outside of your private apartment because the U.S. Dept. of Housing has dictated that smoking (cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, electronic cigarettes) will be banned inside your home effective July 31, 2018 (or sooner at the will of each local Public Housing Authority). So in your anger and frustration you have searched for help and discovered C.L.A.S.H.
Whether you are a directly affected resident or someone who simply, and rightfully, finds this intrusion into private homes by a federal agency to be one of the most egregious assaults on and threat to everyone's fundamental right to privacy to engage in a legal activity within the confines of one's own home, know that C.L.A.S.H. is fully aware of the situation and has been since C.L.A.S.H. objected to it when HUD first proposed it at the end of 2015.
C.L.A.S.H. agrees that HUD's rule is fraught with serious constitutional questions. To quote the editorial board of the NY Observer who wrote at the time: "It may be the most far-reaching, intrusive and over-reaching executive order of the entire Obama administration."
That is why C.L.A.S.H. has filed a lawsuit challenging this rule.
C.L.A.S.H. receives no funding from any industry. It survives on the kindness of private citizens who donate their nickels and dimes. It's barely enough to cover the cost of maintaining this web site. To find out more about the details of this lawsuit and to please help us help you by contributing to the legal fund (every dollar counts!) visit our PRIVACY IN THE HOME LEGAL FUND page... and then share it far and wide.
Today it's smoking in public housing apartments. Tomorrow it's a state law in apartments in privately owned buildings and homes. The day after that it's no beer drinking (creates rowdy drunken behavior), no peanuts (the dust will attack allergic children in the next apartment) and anything else government wants to conquer next after slaying their demon du jour. This is not about smoking or whether or not you like it. This is about keeping the idea that anything traditionally legally used in the home can be banned from taking root.
C.L.A.S.H. founder, Audrey Silk, blogging here and previously at the Huffington Post
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- The Antismoking Endgame
MISSION STATEMENT & FULL LIBRARY OF INFORMATION
CIGARETTE SHIPPING IN NEW YORK
(PRESERVED FOR HISTORY):
CIGARETTE TAXES IN NYC
DUE TO THE SMOKING BAN
BY MAYOR BLOOMBERG
We don't think anyone should reward the law by eating or drinking out where you can't smoke (again, see our Boycott Campaign).
But you might find yourself in a situation where you have no choice but to enter a smoke-banned place due to business or social commitments you just can't get out of.
If that's the case you can
let them know, by leaving them a "I'm Not Calling" card, that you found
the experience unpleasant, unacceptable, and that you beat it out of there
as fast as you could:
Its purpose is to let bar and restaurant owners know that a large segment of their customers remain unhappy because of the law, not them. It's a reminder that it's not something we're getting used to and that loss in revenues won't blow over if they just wait it out -- prompting them to remain or get involved in efforts to "can the ban."
If you'd like to receive these cards to hand out, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
T-Shirt: Number of shirt(s) and the size(s)
1. Specify in the note section either "T-Shirt" or "Mug."
NYC C.L.A.S.H. is a grassroots organization. There are no membership fees. Donations are gratefully accepted.
As a member you will be alerted to smoking-related news and activities in New York and elsewhere. Suggestions will be included as to how you may assist in trying to defeat these anti-smoking campaigns.
Becoming a member simply adds your name to the growing number of individuals who are tired of being treated as second-class citizens and who are willing to speak out against excessive restrictions. Individually we are not being heard. Acting as a group will force those in office to take our concerns into consideration just as the anti-smoking groups have had their concerns addressed to our detriment in the past. Silence is interpreted as agreement and the willingness to bend. I think we have bent far enough. It's time to have our voices heard loud and clear. That endeavor is best accomplished as a group that stands together.
We invite nonsmokers to participate also. It is not only about the imposition of will on smokers but what that may (and has already begun to) lead to.... those who believe they are more morally correct in their views forcing others to behave by their standards in all areas of life choices. Do you like your beer? Your steak? Your SUV? Wearing perfume or cologne? Be forewarned that the nannies have you in their sights already. If you believe in freedom of choice then it is in your interest to assist in alleviating the pressure being applied to smoking so that an activity you enjoy will not be so easily targeted next.
Twenty-five percent of the nation smokes, seventy-three
percent are nonsmokers (those who are willing to compromise or do not care
that others smoke around them) and the other two percent are the self-righteous,
morally imposing anti-smoking zealots. Ninety-eight percent
of the population are in agreement that in all areas of life-style choices,
everyone should be accommodated and should enjoy the right to be left alone.