By now, most people can recognize that New Yorkers are a healthy bunch (or at least: are having their health looked out for whether they like it or not). There was the calorie count campaign, the trans fats ban, the war on salt, the bike share program, and most recently, the war on absurdly-sized sodas.
So much for a man’s home being his castle and all that. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is now going after the last refuge of the city’s beleaguered smokers—their apartments.
Mayor Bloomberg is strongly advocating for a new law that would require buildings to disclose smoking policies and procedures to potential tenants and renters. The Wall Street Journal was the first to break the bad news.
America’s most well-known smoker has kicked the habit. In a press conference earlier today, Michelle Obama told reporters that her husband has not lit up in “almost a year,” and that he has no current plans to smoke in the near future. This is breaking news.
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New Yorkers can breathe a little easier, unless they’re smokers, in which case their pulses must be racing: By the spring, when prime park season returns, it will be illegal to light up on the city’s greens, following the passage of another smoking ban by the City Council yesterday.
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It’s ashes to ashes for nicotine-addled bookworms and nerds getting their study on at the City University: starting in September, smokers will have to take their cigarettes off campus, the New York Daily News reported. Administrators have implemented a full ban on smoking, effective on all 23 of the university’s campus, with no Read More
The R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company had a problem. How, they asked themselves, can we get these misanthropic twenty-somethings to smoke our cigarettes instead of the ones they already smoke? Then, a light bulb: Brooklyn. We’ll sell our cigarettes on the cred accrued by Williamsburg.
So they put the Williamsburg Bridge on the package, Read More
Williamsburg lifers are up in arms about R.J. Reynolds’ plan to roll out a new line of Camels that feature the “hipster” neighborhood on its packaging. The choice of locale, Camel promotional material claims, is supposed to associate the brand with “breaking free.” Camel explains the Brooklyn neighborhood thusly: “It’s about last call, a Read More
You’re just another rebellion-minded young kid with ambitions to be like one of those people you associate yourself with. That’s correct, you want to be a hipster. And where do these hipsters live? Well, you know they live in Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, where the PBR flows like water and irony is the lingua franca. But Read More
When Governor Paterson raised tobacco taxes, anti-smoking advocates were overjoyed. The taxes, they had hoped, would lead to a significant drop-off in sales — maybe even 10 percent.
They weren’t even close. The New York Post reports that since the cigarette levy was upped to the nation’s highest in July, sales have nosedived Read More
Like all living and breathing Americans, cigarette smokers will someday die. Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new policy that will require cigarette packaging to make this inevitability more clear, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
After passing a law last year that required cigarette companies to slap more rigorous warnings on Read More