YEAR AFTER YEAR?
There are two things you can do to help end this before another winter comes around:
1. Stay home
As the temperatures plunge
in New York state, residents are opting out of the state-imposed torture
meted out to smokers. Rather than huddling over their smokes, shivering
outside their once favorite bars and restaurants, smokers are setting up
their own bars at home where they and like-minded folk can gather.
This trend is cutting yet more into the livelihoods of the restaurant and
bar owners who have been divested by the statewide smoking ban.
go to places that are
Bars and restaurants across the state are allowing their patrons to light up to protest the New York State Smoking Ban. Here's how they do it while complying with the letter of the law.
New York state
(January 14, 2004 sample)
Temperature, wind speed and the
"feels like" temperature --
how cold it feels when wind chill is factored in --
Saranac Lake: minus 28, 6 mph, minus 4
Watertown: minus 27, 5 mph, minus 42
Massena: minus 21, 6 mph, minus 37
Albany: minus 12, 8 mph, minus 29
Binghamton: minus 9, 5 mph, minus 21
Elmira: minus 9, 5 mph, minus 21
Syracuse: minus 16, calm, minus 16
Buffalo: 1, 8 mph, minus 13
Rochester: minus 2, 3 mph, minus 2
Islip: 9, 6 mph, minus 1
Central Park: 9, 6 mph, minus 1
In wind chills of 10 to
20 below, the weather service said frostbite can occur in about a half-hour.