City Hall Nonsense – Picking and Choosing Cigarette Retailers
|July 29, 2008||Posted by jamie under Activism||
Mayor Newsom and Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jake McGoldrick co-sponsored nonsense legislation that, if passed on the second vote (I believe its required to be voted on twice to become effective), would ban Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Long’s chain pharmacies from selling cigarettes while allowing other chain stores with pharmacies, like Safeway, to continue selling cigarettes.
I’m not a smoker and I’m all for banning smoking in most public spaces because I believe smokers have a duty to keep their cigarette smoke out of my lungs, but I have to call bullshit on this legislation by the Mayor and Supervisors Peskin and McGoldrick. The factoids included in the legislation are interesting, but they should ban Safeway and any other big box stores with a pharmacy from selling cigarettes as well unless they want to be hypocrites. Then again, they could focus on other problems all together.