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 designated 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
Those terrifying and squirm-inducing anti-smoking signs showing decayed teeth and whatnot may become collectors items (I mean, right? Hanging ironically over your sofa?) now that a federal judge has struck down a city law that required stores to post them.
“Even merchants of morbidity are entitled to the full protection of the law,” 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 27 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 its Read More
The Bloomberg Administration has waged an all-out war on smoking, doing the unthinkable seven year ago by banning butts from bars across the five boroughs. With its success (or failure, for those with a pack-a-day habit), cities across the country have followed suit.
Now, the mayor and the City Council want to extinguish smoking Read More
Nicotine-fiending New Yorkers may stop making the trek upstate in search of cheap cartons. A ruling yesterday by a Buffalo judge put down an effort fronted by the Seneca Indian Nation to keep the cigarettes sold on Indian reservations tax-free, the Post reports. Gov. Paterson, concerned over the number of smokers who make the pilgrimage to avoid Read More