August 27th, 2007
01:50 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton: public smoking ban a 'good day for America'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New York Sen. Hillary Clinton promised to fight to reduce smoking during an appearance at Lance Armstrong’s presidential forum on Monday. The presidential hopeful also said she thinks smoking should be banned from public places.

"Well, personally I think so," Clinton said when asked if banning smoking in public in public places would be a "good day for America."

Calling tobacco an "an addictive, deadly substance," Clinton said the FDA should be able to regulate tobacco products and advertising for cigarettes. She said a national ban on smoking was impractical because of local zoning laws, but said it's possible to further limit it by increasing taxes and prices for cigarettes.

"We'll eventually get there," she said. "We're lowering the rate of smoking now, and I think over the next decade we'll really push it way down."

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Adam, Plano, TX

    Hilary becoming President will be a good day in America!

    This is yet another reason why she is the best choice for President!

    IMPEACH BUSH & CHENEY NOW…..
    Posted By Wende, OKC, OK : August 27, 2007 2:59 pm

    limiting individual freedoms is the reason we should have hillary in? so what would be the difference between bush-cheney, and bush-cheney lite? i'm not a smoker, but this is absurd. and no matter who was saying it, i'd still have the same response.

    August 27, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Todd Raleigh, NC

    Doesn't Willy like cigars?!

    August 27, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Bado

    I wish congress would just make cigarettes illegal in this country. It causes cancer. It's worse than alcohol yet safer than marijuana.

    August 27, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Sean, San Diego

    Great post, Isaac

    August 27, 2007 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Joe St Louis, MO

    JUST ANOTHER POLITICAL MOVE......

    OUTLAW Self Righteous too.

    Next is drinking ,ice cream, fat people, religious freaks, sex(see
    Bill Clinton), and then LOVE.

    This is one step closer to Russia.

    WAKE UP DREAMERS......

    One more thing here, Hillary has led a life of lies and politics lets get someone who works everyday at a real job and is in a real relationship.

    This time do what you promised us Hillary. Health Care???

    August 27, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Michele Seattle WA

    sure it'll be a great day in America, but what about when it begins to affect the farmers who have grown tobacco all their lives?

    August 27, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Tom - Dedham, Mass

    Increasing taxes on legal smokers, who is next, red meat eaters, people that like an occasional twinkie or holy bleep, people that don't chew sugarless gum?

    The "I know what's best for you" crowd and if it doesn't move, "tax it" crowd must be drooling over her candidacy.

    August 27, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. Sue Nameheld, Plymouth NH

    Hillary will turn this into a true Nanny state. We need less government intrusions not more.

    August 27, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Joe Camel, Tampa Florida

    It's been observed that a quirk of human nature causes low IQ people to WANT to be deceived. That's what makes the Tobacco War and Hitlery possible.

    Two-digit IQ people are one individual away from being a majority. God help us all.

    August 27, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    Hillary Clinton\

    I can sum up Hillary Clinton's experience quite succinctly.

    1980's = Board of Directors for WalMart.

    1990's = Horribly botched an attempt at universal healthcare.

    2003 = Voted to go to war in Iraq.
    Versus Obama's experience.

    2003 = Said Iraq was a "dumb war" when it was political suicide to say it.
    2006 = co-sponsered and passed first ethics reform bill in 12 years of Republican congress.

    1990's = State Senator that signed more bi-partisan bills than anyone else, 230 bills.

    1980's First African American editor of Harvard Law Review, who turned down 17 job offers from corporations that would have paid at least 170,000 a year salary, to instead be a community organizer on behalf of the poor for 14,000 a year.

    Which one of these two do you think is more qualified to represent the American People?

    Obama 08.

    August 27, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  11. Jon, Woburn, MA

    Yes. Banning fast food will be a good day for America. banning video games will be a good day for America. Banning talk radio will be a good day for America.

    Banning everything until America is dead and buried will be a good day for Liberals only.

    August 27, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Pat, NY NY

    Smoking isn't right or wrong. It's simply an option. Smokers are entitled to the same rights as everyone else. It's time we give smokers the rights they deserve!

    August 27, 2007 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. shalee, slc, ut.

    I dont smoke ,but respect the right of those who do. It's not as if you see pollution from smokers. What exactly are they doing that's so wrong?

    August 27, 2007 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Bob LaFavor, Woodinville, WA

    To the lady Senator: At least death from smoking is a 'choice' for the afflicted one. Why can't she let each person choose for themself? Ofcourse, anyone with a track record of letting 'live' humans die without a 'choice', like the aborted baby, could hardly be expected to refrain from 'choosing' for the adult as well. She may next try to be annointed as a Goddess.

    August 27, 2007 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. ken, west palm beach, fl

    I guess she is against smoking after what her husband did with his cigar.

    August 27, 2007 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Karl in Tulsa Oklahoma

    I never could understand the logic behind this. If a person is around someone smoking POT, they DO NOT get a contact high or WILL TEST POSITIVE for THC. It can't happen. So how will second hand smoke give some one a CONTACT CANCER or TEST HIGH FOR CANCER! This is all a B/S excuse and manipulation for others that DON'T HAVE A CLUE!! Find another agenda. STOP ALL ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION !!! It is now and always has been the number 1 gateway drug for addiction. In our neck of the woods, we call in EVERYONE that has ANY KIND of a drink before they get in a vehicle and drive. Even those GOOBERS that say "I ONLY HAD ONE DRINK" or "I WAS JUST A GLASS OF WINE". Those are just an excuse to drink and drive and possibly kill someone.

    August 27, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Actually smoking is not an inherent right. It does not say in the Constitution an individual has the right to smoke unfettered. Smoking is a privilege just like driving a car is a privilege. Whether or not an individual can smoke in a public building should be up to each state dictated by the desires of the state's citizens. There are issues the federal government should leave up to states, smoking being one.

    Arizona passed a state wide law barring smoking inside any public building, including bars and restaurants. Many people likened the law to banning smoking. The reality is the smoker still has the luxury of smoking. They just can't do it in a public building.

    It is unfortunate that people have to smoke outside when it's 115 degrees but the smoker also has the option of quitting. Imagine all the money they would save by doing so.

    Hillary does sound like a tax and spend democrat with her proposed tax increase on cigarettes. Typical for a Democrat.

    August 27, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Jack Miami FL

    Here's an idea, let's ban the left-wing Hillary machine!

    August 27, 2007 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. David, Salinas, CA

    Andy writes: “Less govt = Less govt spending”

    A University of California economics study puts the combined health care costs of smoking in the U.S. at $72.7 billion per year. Here’s the story:

    http://www.berkeley.edu/news/berkeleyan/1998/0916/smoking.html

    Sometimes less costs us a lot more.

    August 27, 2007 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Will, NYC

    Liberals don't want to ban smoking. Ani-smoking crusaders want to ban smoking. I am a liberal, who smokes and she just lost my vote. That's not liberalism, that's nannyism. And as far as public smoking goes, anywhere outdoors where there is a running car, or a building burning trash or running an a/c, there should be smoking. You cannot possibly die from occasionally inhaling a tiny bit of smoke in an open air situation.

    I agree with eliminating smoking from bars, restaurants, airplanes, hotels and other enclosed places, but get [...]off our backs for having one outside. Sanctimonious jerks.

    And stop equating it to murder. If you think it's that dangerous, you shouldn't even leave the house considering your power probably comes from a coal plant belching far more smoke into the atmosphere daily than all the smokers combined.

    August 27, 2007 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Peaches NY

    Mrs Clinton is talking about banning cigars only. She doesn't like cigars and doesn't want Mr. Clinton, her husband, to use them.

    August 27, 2007 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Joe - Midlothian, VA

    If smoking is eliminated or taxed out of existence, I don't want to hear the non smoking zealots complain about how their other taxes are raised to make up for the over $48 billion in annual taxes now generated by the tobacco industry and US smokers.

    August 27, 2007 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  23. M SHINKLE, LOVELAND COLORADO

    ALTHOUGH PEOPLE IN COLORADO COMPLAIN ABOUT HAVING TO LEAVE A PUBLIC PLACE TO SMOKE, FEW HAVE KICKED THE HABIT. ANYHOW, THE AIR INSIDE THE BUILDING IS MUCH CLEANER TO EVERYONES BENEFIT

    August 27, 2007 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  24. Nick, Castle Rock, NJ

    Smoking isn't right or wrong. It's simply an option. Options and choices are freedoms we have as Americans. It's not just that smokers should be allowed to smoke. It's that everyone, you and me, are entitled to the inherent, unalienable right to smoke a cigar or cigarette. It's time we give smoking the right it deserves!

    August 27, 2007 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Myron, Honolulu, Hi

    Finally, A breath of fresh air

    That one is rare in Politics, usually the same old smell.

    I guess the Tobacco Money didn't sway her vote. ;)

    August 27, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
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