Don't Tell Bloomberg

But New Yorkers can smoke to their lungs' content at the U.N.'s Vienna Cafe

U.N.’s Vienna Café
photos: Jorge Colombo
U.N.’s Vienna Café

And despite the health concerns, some people believe the U.N. wouldn't make sense without cigarettes. A thirtysomething NGO worker from Montreal sipped at an espresso and steadily whittled down a cigarette while he waited for the fifth session of the International Criminal Court meeting to start. Like all other smokers interviewed, he asked not to be identified by name for fear of being seen as a hypocrite. As he puffed, he argued that banning smoking at the United Nations would be as illogical as prohibiting sun hats at horse races. "Smoking goes hand and hand with diplomacy," he said.

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