There is no doubt about it, the current City Administration has been very pro-active in banning or trying to ban a range of behaviours that can result in bad personal health outcomes.
Think smoking bans in restaurants, parks, beaches and pedestrian plazas. And the ban on drinking big soda drinks, currenlty being battled out in court.
Whenever there is a proposed pro-health change, many who may potentially be affected get worried and angry about someone telling them what to do and all sorts of bad outcomes are forecast.
The NYC smoking ban in restaurants is 10 yrs old and the Mayor has said there has been approx a 50% increase in restaurants in NYC in that time so restaurants are doing fine even with the ban.
There has been dispute about his figures but the comments by the Borough President of Staten Island are quite specific. In the last decade the rate of smoking on Staten Island has plunged by 50%,see SIlive.
It’s good that there’s vigorous debate about any change. It’s also good when there’s a chance to see the results of a disputed change. COMMENT on whether it’s okay to make healthy living compulsory. LIKE taking personal reponsibility for being healthy.