Christine Quinn Leading from Behind the SoundProof Room: When Five Paid Sick Days are Not Enough

A sad bit of history was made this week when New York City finally passed a law that requires businesses with at least 15 employees to provide five paid sick days a year.  Five.  Days.  Five days are not enough days to be out sick in a single year, especially in a living space jam-packed-with-people New York City — but at least its a start in a City that clearly has cared more about your cigarettes and sugar consumption and your Big Gulps than ever it did about actually giving you a few days off to heal while still being able to make the rent.

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No Logos on Australian Cigarettes

Imagine walking along a path in a serene jungle. You come across a sign that tells you that you should turn around because there is danger lurking ahead. Further along the path, there is another sign that tells you that you really need to turn back. A third sign questions your ability to read signs and has pictures of dead people and a skull and crossbones, along with an arrow pointing itself around to indicate that you should turn around. The last sign just has a large X on it. If you haven’t stopped by the second or third sign, how is the fourth sign going to make much of a difference?

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A Stack of Smokes is Now $11.25 in New York City

The price of a single pack of cigarettes in New York City is now $11.25USD — and that’s just for an ordinary brand.  If you’re buying imported, you are going to pay a whole lot more.  Marshall Jamison — my friend, inspiration and mentor — used to smoke English Ovals by the fistful, and I’m sure he would be sickened by the high rise prices for a stack of smokes.

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