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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is attempting to stamp out smoking in all bars and most public places, including pool halls, bingo parlors, and bowling alleys. As the City Council deliberates over whether to pass this latest piece of anti-cigarette legislation, bar owners and their patrons are considering how the measure could impact their lives and livelihoods.

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Dr. Thomas Frieden, Commissioner, NYC Department of Health:
"This isn't a ban on smoking. This is a statute that would make sure that no New York City worker would have to risk cancer, heart disease, and lung disease just to hold a job."
While some argue that the government has no place telling them what they can and can't do, New York's health commissioner, who has been a major force behind the proposed bill, believes the city has an obligation to protect bartenders, cooks, and waiters from second-hand smoke.

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