Upon hearing the news of New York City's ban on flavored tobacco products, I was immediately reminded of the tale of Wilhelmus Kieft, one of the first governors of what would later become New York State.

Wilhelmus Kieft (also known as Willem Kieft) was, like Bloomberg, a privileged lad who sailed to the lofty ranks of provincial leadership on the strength of his own family's fortune. Like Bloomberg, Kieft also switched political allegiances like some people swap clothing. Whichever party seemed particularly suited towards keeping his cash flow uninterrupted, Kieft belonged to. And also like Bloomberg, Kieft had strong socialist tendencies. The two men share an almost identical habit of banning whatever activities that they personally dislike. This article examines some of those prohibitions, and like all articles I write for SnusCENTRAL.org, the emphasis is on tobacco.

General OnyxNew York cigarette taxes are the highest in the USA !Snob appeal is overcoming the South's "chew" and "dip" reputation and is becoming a hit with New York City residents. New Yorker's, who also pay the highest cigarette taxes in the nation at $2.75 a pack, are also strangled with Mayor Bloomberg's draconian ban on smoking practically anywhere in the City.

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