PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 31, 2009
Contact Audrey Silk, NYC C.L.A.S.H., (917) 888-9317
Email: nycclash@nycclash.com
 
 

SMOKERS' RIGHTS GROUP OFFERS SIGNS TO STORES
THAT CHALLENGE GRAPHIC ANTI-SMOKING SIGNS
 
 
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene held a hearing yesterday on its proposal to amend the health code to require the posting of tobacco health warnings and smoking cessation information in all places where tobacco is sold in New York City. (1)  Samples include graphic pictures. (2)

Audrey Silk, Founder of NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.), a grassroots organization established nine years ago to advance and protect the interests of adults who choose to smoke cigarettes, was on hand at the hearing to testify against the proposal on the following grounds:
 

  • Cost/Effectiveness
  • Private Property Rights/Compelled Speech
  • Compelled Behavior

In covering the amount this campaign will cost -- after providing the empirical evidence that seriously questions its effectiveness -- Ms. Silk's testimony was:
 

"So far, this past year, the city has spent $4 million on patches and gum with its dismal success rate of 1.6%, $4.5 million to run a mind-numbing number of anti-smoking ads on TV, radio, and in print and will spend how much more on this?  Money thrown at this means less money in the budget for truly more vital needs that leads to increased taxes on everything else. Just last week the NY Daily News reported that "many city homeowners will see their property tax bills rise by 1.8% this year as they pay for the rising share of the city's budget."  I'm sure they'd be happy to know that's because their money is appropriated for things like this instead.  And my organization intends to tell them by offering a sign to store owners ourselves (a draft is attached to your copy)."

Should the Department pass this amendment, C.L.A.S.H. stands by that offer.

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Related Material:

FULL COPY OF NYC C.L.A.S.H. TESTIMONY and SIGN

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Footnote:

(1) Notice of Intention to Amend Article 181 of the New York City Health Code
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/notice/notice-of-intention-amend-article-181.pdf

(2) Proposal to Require Health Warnings and Smoking Cessation Information Where Tobacco Is Sold
http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/notice/proposal-smoking-cessation.pdf (pg. 10)

 

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