Today, The New York Post wrote yet another story about how all the kids these days are smoking e-cigarettes. (In fact, with no studies showing e-cigarette age ranges, we’ll put our money on the products being mostly consumed by older adults who are trying to quit smoking, as the products aren’t very “cool.”)
In a move that’s left smokers gasping, a major New York real-estate company has banned smoking on all of its properties, including on private terraces and balconies.
Related Companies, which owns and operates apartments and condominiums all over the city, is now making new tenants sign a document promising not to smoke inside their apartments Read More
up in smoke
Poor smokers! Forced to shiver outside with chilly, chapped fingers all winter long, and then when the weather finally improves, New York announces that it will be expanding its state park smoking ban.
The ban on smoking in some areas of state parks had a rocky start (the state suspended it temporarily after smokers’ rights groups threatened to sue) and the legal challenge is, in fact, ongoing, But apparently, New York State is feeling very cocky, not only moving forward with the ban, but extending it to even more parks. Now smokers will only be able to suck fresh air into their damaged lungs when they visit one of the city’s parks. Or, the skin particle-laden air that passes for fresh in New York City.
Do you remember that amazing Stephen Dorff “Behind the Scenes” infomercial for Blu-E Cigarettes? The one that was six minutes of rambling, apparently unedited footage of actor Stephen Dorff (Blade, FeardotCom, Space Truckers) wearing a silly hat and playing piano in someone’s beach bungalow while taking e-cig breaks during a commercial for the Blu-U brand?
Well, one e-cigarette company decided to take it to the next level. Meet White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes’ newest spokesperson … Stephen DWARF.
Other luxury buildings may have failed in their bids to squelch smoking within their walls, but that has not stopped a Central Park West co-op from trying to evict a chain smoking trustfunder.
The El Dorado, where celebrities like Alec Baldwin and Marilyn Monroe once lived (both known to to light up on occasion), is trying to oust ninth-floor resident Diane Wells for her smoky ways, according to the New York Post.
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.
It may be a small victory in a losing war, but at least José Arozamena can come home tonight, light up a cigarette and take a long, celebratory draw.
A judge has ruled that Mr. Arozamena, who lives at 260 Park Avenue South, can continue to light up in his apartment, the Post reports.
The condo board may have been emboldened by Mayor Bloomberg’s most recent move to kick smoking in the butt, but they were a little overzealous. After all, the mayor’s proposed legislation would only have required formal smoking policies and disclosures, not full-out bans.
A Queens resident is fuming with smoke!
Phil Kinogsberg of Bayside has been pushing to have smoking banned in his co-op complex for the past five years, but now he’s shifting focus to banning smoking in all multi-family residences in the city, according to Crain’s.
Around the middle of the summer, brightly colored fliers started appearing on the Lower East Side, strewn across coffee shop counters and discarded on curbs. “Island Smokes,” they said. “A healthier, less expensive alternative to smoking. Amazing!!!” There was a cartoon palm tree swaying on some exotic atoll to drive the point home, but more intriguing was the word “discount.” And then the details: this wasn’t really so much an alternative to smoking as a way to do it cheaper. Island Smokes went for $29.99 a carton. Three bucks a pack. Peanuts.
The Daily Transom
The Observer had just finished dinner at Osteria Del Circo and we felt like having a cigarette. The restaurant, tucked into a sloping corner of midtown, was hosting a party for the new documentary The Man Nobody Knew, about the C.I.A. mystery man Read More