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

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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 day. The press release describes the new campaign:

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New Yorkers Now Have Longer Life Expectancy Than Ever, Mayor Announces

Back in September we noted that Mayor Bloomberg announced that the amount of New Yorker smokers was down to 14 percent. But then, we wondered what might be the next killer of our population. Could it be "getting old and dying?" Well, rest easy, because Mayor Bloomberg announced today that New Yorkers are doing well in the living long department. Not only are they are staying alive for longer than ever before, they are also beating the rest of the country in doing so.

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Island Smokes, Roll-Your-Own Cigarettes Place, to Close in February

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Island Smokes, the place where you can go roll your own cigarettes for way less than you'd pay for a regular pack, has decided to shut down on February 1st rather than face the city's lawsuit.

The city filed suit against the store (there are two locations) in November. The press release about the lawsuit read:

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Third Roll-Your-Own Cigs Place Opens in Brooklyn, Despite City Lawsuit Against First Two

There are a handful of magical places in New York City where you can roll your own cigarettes and save considerable amounts of money in so doing. They're under threat, though, because the city has filed suit against the first two in existence.

That hasn't stopped a third roll-your-own-smokes place from opening up in Sheepshead Bay. The Daily News reports that owner Jack Wang opened City Smokes last week without knowing about the lawsuits.

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City Suing Island Smokes, the Roll-Your-Own-Cigarettes Place

Because apparently it doesn't have any bigger fish to fry, the city is suing a place called Island Smokes on Eldridge Street where you can roll your own cigarettes due to a tax loophole. This is problematic for Bloomberg because under the Island Smokes arrangement, you can get a pack for $2.95, way less than the approximately $1K we're all supposed to be paying now.

The city announced in a press release today that they're officially going to try and sue them out of business.

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Forced Exercise Helps Teens Quit Smoking, Study Says

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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 teenagers to stop smoking entirely, compared with a "brief intervention" (a 15-minute stop-smoking lecture that could only have elicited eye-rolls) and an old-fashioned smoking cessation program. The researchers think they've pinpointed the reason: More »

Smoking Is Dead; Long Live Smoking!

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New Yorkers, brave New Yorkers, have largely kicked that old, nasty, but sometimes oddly seductive habit of putting semi-flammable cancer-causing objects in their mouths and lighting them. Today Mayor Bloomberg said that the number of smoking New Yorkers is down to 14 percent. Back in 2002 the city counted 22 percent of puffing stalwarts among its ranks! There are 450,000 fewer adult smokers in New York than nine years ago, and also, even teens -- teens! -- aren't smoking. This along with the news that nobody does cocaine anymore could really mess with a person's belief in getting a nice unhealthy buzz on now and again. What are we, a land of wimps?

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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." Cue smokers all over the city scoffing at the very idea that you could harm someone with your little wisps of secondhand smoke on an outdoor train platform.More »

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

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Audrey 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 percent of smokers said they like the ban. We turned to smoker's rights advocate Audrey Silk, an ex-cop who runs New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (NYC CLASH), for her perspective on the poll as one of the foremost champions of smoking in the city. Silk grows her own tobacco, which she says saves "thousands," and wouldn't tell us how long she's been smoking ("that's part of the anti-smoker's tactic to stigmatize").

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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 indication. "Jane," a 50-year-old journalist, is sick to death of her 1,000-square-foot one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side reeking of cigarette smoke. "I feel like I'm living in a college dorm, and I just want to live like an adult," she says. (Do college kids even smoke these days?). Despite taping her outlets and sealing her windows, the pervasive odor of cigarettes, pot, and something smelling of plastic (hm) continue to waft in. Jane is in hell! However, the condo board won't do anything about it. Yet.

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