Smoking and Tobacco Use

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Citing Martin Luther King, Thomas Jefferson and Gandhi, Some People Will Use E-Cigs In Central Park

    There comes a time when good men, men of conscience, can take no more. They have to rise up against tyranny, cast off the shackles of oppression, shake their fists in the face of moral injustice. They have to use e-cigarettes in public, while trying very, very hard to get a ticket for doing so. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    The New York City Smoking Age Is Officially 21 Now

    Dear smug 19-year-olds: Mayor Bloomberg has finally got your number. He has just signed a law raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. The City Council passed the legislation in October by a margin of 35 to 10. Outgoing Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Health Commiss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    New York City Council Approves Cigarette Purchase Age Change from 18 to 21

    The New York City Council approved legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21. By a vote of 35 to 10, the new law could got into effect as soon as six months from now.

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    French Montana's E-Cigarette Gives You A Peek Into the Soul of French Montana

    I like French Montana a lot. I love that his voice sounds kinda like Bob Dylan. I love that one time his publicist told me the dude actually speaks fluent French. I love that someone decided it was a good idea to make at least one portable electronic hookah featuring French Montana's name and album ... More >>

  • Film

    October 24, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    It's Not New York City's Job To Scare The Shit Out Of Smokers, Appeals Court Rules

    It's not the job of the City of New York to force tobacco retailers to display disgusting images in their stores depicting some of the more repulsive health consequences of smoking in an attempt to scare the shit out of smokers, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled today.

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    Bloomberg Administration Launching 'One Cigarette is One Too Many' Campaign

    First it was smoking in restaurants, then bars, then parks and beaches, and now city government is going after the casual smokers' daily cigarette or two. The Bloomberg administration is launching a television campaign aimed at "light" smokers, defined as those who smoke less than 10 cigarettes a da ... More >>

  • Film

    December 14, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Forced Exercise Helps Teens Quit Smoking, Study Says

    Taylor Momsen, teen smoker.​There is a new quitting-smoking study coming out in October, and this one focuses on teenagers at the beginning of their illustrious smoking careers. The study shows that a smoking cessation program in combination with exercise is the most successful way to get teenager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Donatella Arpaia Now a Mom; Honey Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

    ​The founder of Nitehawk Cinema lobbied the state the allow movie theaters to serve alcohol and successfully: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a new law on Aug. 17 allowing drinks in movie theaters that are also restaurants. [Diner's Journal] Donatella Arpaia and her cardiac surgeon hubby are cele ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2011

    Smoking On Outdoor Train Platforms Now Banned

    ​Governor Cuomo signed a bill today that will ban smoking on outdoor train platforms operated by the MTA, including the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. He said, "It is important that commuters are not unwillingly subject to the dangers of second-hand smoke while waiting on train platforms." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Audrey Silk, Smoker's Rights Advocate, Weighs In On Today's Smoking Ban Poll

    FacebookAudrey Silk​NY1 and Marist released a poll today about the two-month-old ban on smoking in public parks, beaches, and plazas. Sixty nine percent of respondents said they were in favor, although opinions were split on whether the new measures are actually working. More surprisingly, 40 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Those Joyful Days of Smoking in Your Own Apartment Are Numbered

    ​Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. And being able to smoke in your own apartment may soon be a thing of the past, if the New York Post's latest "entertainment" piece, featuring the battle between a non-smoker and her "chain-smoking next-door neighbor from hell" is any indic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Encouraging Text Messages Help Smokers Quit

    ​A study conducted in Great Britain shows that people who receive supportive and positive text messages while trying to quit smoking are twice as likely to successfully quit than those who did not receive the texts. The BBC reports that over 10% of the 5,800 smokers studied were able to quit w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Only One Person Has Been Ticketed in New York City's Great Smoking Ban

    ​New York's new smoking ban in parks, beaches, and pedestrian plazas has been in effect for a little more than a month now. You can discuss how effective it's been based on the news that a single, solitary soul has been ticketed during that time. And that person was a newspaper photographer "w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Cigarette Packs to Get Graphic Government Warning Labels in 2012

    ​Like New York City's gross "salt, sugar and soda will kill you" ads, but more disgusting, the FDA has decided upon a set of graphics and short phrases that will adorn all packs of cigarettes beginning next year. Rotting teeth, a tracheotomy hole, dirty lungs and suffering babies are among the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    New York City Smoking Ban Starts Today

    ​Beginning today, Monday, May 23, 2011, smoking is not allowed in outdoor public spaces around New York City, including beaches, parks and plazas. (That means Central Park, Yankee Stadium, the Coney Island boardwalk and so on -- or everywhere it's fun to smoke.) Health officials have pointed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Smoking Ban in Parks, Beaches, Anywhere You Want to Smoke to Go Into Effect

    ​You have two weeks to smoke freely in the out-of-doors. Starting May 23, the city-wide ban on smoking in parks and beaches goes into effect. That means you can no longer smoke in Central Park, the Brooklyn Heights promenade, the Coney Island boardwalk, even the horrid pedestrian plaza outside ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Menthol Cigarettes to Stay Legal as Cops Bust Illegal Cigs in Brooklyn

    ​When police in Brooklyn pulled a 29-year-old driver over for not signaling while making a turn, what was supposed to be a routine inspection turned into a $60,000 bust of illegal cigarettes. The cigarettes had a street value of $40,000 and were unstamped. The New York Post reports that the ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Smoking Ban Coming to NYC Apartments?

    ​The New York City smoking ban is spreading steadily, like the scent from your inconsiderate roommate who sucks on those disgusting cancer sticks even though you told her twelve times it screws with your asthma. Smoking in bars and restaurants, at least the ones that let in your unfashionable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    NYPD Doesn't Care About You Smoking, Ban or No Ban

    ​Earlier this month we reported on New York's new smoking ban, which will prohibit cigarette smoking at public beaches and parks. City Council passed the ban 36-12, and it will take effect on June 2 of this year. So what will a police officer do if you light up at a beach or park? According to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    City Council Passes Strict Smoking Ban

    SuperFantastic​New York City Council has passed a bill that prohibits smoking in public parks, beaches, boardwalks, pools, playgrounds, and pedestrian plazas. Smokers may need a cigarette to calm their nerves after reading this news.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    "Cool" New "Williamsburg" Cigarettes Very Concerning Despite Not Actually Being Cool

    ​This just in! People who are against smoking, and especially people against kids smoking -- including, specifically, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (talk about working at an organization with few detractors) -- are quite concerned that those new Camel cigarette packs featuring awesomely c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    We Rank the New Cigarette Warning Labels: The Good, the Bad, and the *NSYNC

    ​The FDA has released a bunch of new warning labels to be prominently displayed on all cigarette packs sold in the United States by June 2011. The 36 large, full-color ads (9 of which will end up on packs) are all meant to deter the buyer from smoking. Clearly. But which work the best? And which a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    New Yorkers Are Not Letting Cigarettes Kill Them Quite So Much These Days

    ​Congrats, everyone! In terms of things that kill us, smoking is no longer such a biggie, says the New York City Health Department. Smoking-related deaths are down 17% from the past decade, with a mere 7,200 expiring on account of the nic in 2009. (Back in 2002, that number was at 8,722.)

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Smokers May Work a Year Less Than Nonsmokers, If You Assume Nonsmokers Are Actually Working

    ​For years, studies have said that smokers are less productive, take more time off work, and take more sick days than nonsmokers. Now a new report from says that cumulated cigarette breaks over a smoker's lifetime mean that smokers get away with working a whole year less than their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Mayor Bloomberg's No Smoking Ban Will Make a Naggy Narc Out of You Yet

    Tell this woman not to smoke. We dare you.​Breaking: People who are smoking do not like to be told not to smoke. Particularly out in the middle of an open-aired park, surrounded by empty chairs, after they've been cast from bars and restaurants and their own homes. Particularly when that one c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Mayor Bloomberg Wants to Impose Indian Cig Tax, As If Smokers Would Then Buy in NYC (Bonus: Cheap Cig Maps Prices)

    ​In an interview with WOR radio host John Gambilng, Mayor Bloomberg essentially laid the smack down on Governor Paterson, saying that he should tax Indian cigarette sales and "let the federal government sue us" if there is a problem. The cigarette tax in New York City caused a 35 percent drop in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    City Anti-Smoking Witch-Hunt Now Being Conducted By Narc Hipsters

    ​The New York Times today brings news of a "younger and hipper-looking" cadre of city inspectors now employed to "work into the wee hours, posing as patrons and hunting for tolerance of smoking by clubs' employees." This because, of course, the typical grown-man-in-a-bad-suit heath department ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    The Department of Health's Crackdown on Smoking in Nightclubs Like Lit and M2 Imperils Jobs, Hurts Those It Purports to Help

    ​City tribunals did real damage to Chelsea's not-so-admirable M2 Ultra Lounge last month when the Department of Health moved to have the place shut down for violating Bloomberg's stringent anti-smoking restrictions. (Though at the moment, M2 remains very much open.) A bunch of others--includin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2010

    China to Ban Public-Space Smoking in 7 Cities

    ​The anti-smoking ban pioneered in New York have finally caught on in its natural home of Red China, where the totalitarian government has ordered a ban on smoking in indoor public spaces in seven provincial capitals. It's up to the local governments of Tianjin, Chongqing, Shenyang, Harbin, N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2009

    Paterson proposes cut in anti-smoking funds

    ​Among the emergency measures Governor Paterson is proposing to close New York's budget hole is an additional $10 million cut in the state's anti-smoking program, bringing funding down to $58 million from $85 million a year ago. According to Russ Sciandra of the Center for a Tobacco Free New Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    Report: Smoke While Using a Mac and They Won't Fix It When It Breaks

    ​And you thought Mayor Bloomberg was tough on smokers: Consumerist reports authorized Apple repair specialists have voided warranties on Mac laptops in need of repair because of evidence of cigarette smoke. In a few cases the refusals cited an unwillingness to expose technicians to the "bioh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Council Ban on Flavored Smokes Expectedly Passes

    ​As we expected, the city council went ahead and passed that ban on flavored tobacco products, which "improves" the FDA action against the yum smokes by including flavored cigars, chewing tobacco, and cigarillos in the order. The Mayor is expected to sign it. "That looks like a lip gloss," s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Flavored Tobacco Ban, Stronger Than FDA's, Gets Council Vote Today

    The city council is going to vote today on a bill that will ban all kinds of flavored tobacco products in the city -- with a big exception made for the biggest category of flavored tobacco, menthol and wintergreen cigarettes. It's the latest in a round of bad news for smokers, who are already bann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Outdoor Smoking Ban Draws Fire, Will Go Through Anyway

    The Health Department's proposed ban on smoking at city parks and beaches seems not to be finding a receptive audience. "NYC=Nanny State?" asks the Daily News, which given our trans-fat ban and fresh-air bars seems an almost absurd question. "ALSO BREAKING: New York To Be Renamed 'Pussy City,'" says ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Post's Peyser Goes Pro-Gestapo in Park Smoking Ban Column

    by Steven Thrasher. ​Is the Post's Andrea Peyser pro-Gestapo or anti-Gestapo, or does she just "milk" the word like a newborn infant? A couple of years ago, Peyser was definitely anti-Gestapo. In a prequel to the Post's recent War Against Nudity, Peyser lashed out against the "Breast Feed Ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Weiner Steps Up War Against Smoking, For Profit

    Between the recent jump in taxes on city-sold cigarettes and Congress' bill to put the FDA in charge of tobacco products, smokers have been getting it in the neck lately, and some may consider buying their smokes tax-free online to save a few bucks. Anthony Weiner wants to put a stop to that. He is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Staten Island: Still Smoking

    Photo by apollonia666 via Flickr Further proof that Staten Island is truly a land unto itself: some 27% of the adults on Shaolin still smoke, as compared to just 17.5% citywide. The reduction rates are even more astounding. According to Department of Health report, the Bronx has seen a 24.6 perce ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    February 27, 2007

    Don't Tell Bloomberg

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

  • Books

    February 6, 2007

    Merci for Smoking

    An unfiltered novel about being persecuted for puffing

  • News

    September 20, 2005

    Mayor Mike Makes His Case

    A feisty Bloomberg sells his record on schools, health, crime, budget & jobs

  • NYC Life

    August 5, 2003
  • NYC Life

    April 1, 2003
  • News

    September 17, 2002

    Smoke Gets in Your Thighs

    Hot and Bothered by Tough Laws? Light Up on the Web.

  • NYC Life

    August 20, 2002


    The Mayor Wants to Ban Smoking in Bars to Protect Workers Against Second-Hand Smoke. Choked Up?

  • News

    August 8, 2000

    You’re Going Too Far, Baby

    Activists Cry Foul as Cigarette Makers Woo Women in the Developing World

  • News

    March 21, 2000

    Pure Poison

    Natural American Spirit’s Clean Carcinogen

  • News

    September 7, 1999

    Nailing Coffin Nails

    Trader Turned Activist Blasts Second-Hand Smoke

  • News

    February 23, 1999

    The Last Drag

    A smoker fights the toughest addiction

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