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White teens are way more into alcohol, tobacco and weed than black and Latino teens. But as white kids enter adulthood, their usage drops, while teens of color increase usage, according to new research from Penn State: At 18.5 years old, 44 percent of whites surveyed smoked cigarettes, 27 percent of Hispanics did and 18 […]

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed 30 bills into law yesterday, his penultimate day in office, including the much-discussed ban on smoking electronic cigarettes in public places. To protest, one woman lit and smoked a cigarette–the old fashioned, tobacco-burning kind–inside City Hall. “This is a final image in your reign that couldn’t be more antithetical to the legacy […]

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During the final legislative session of the year, City Council voted overwhelmingly to include e-cigarettes in the city’s ban on public smoking, outlawing their use in bars, parks, subway platforms and the like. Mayor Bloomberg hasn’t signed the bill yet, but he almost certainly will. The law would go into effect four months from now. […]

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New York is about to adopt a law that will raise the legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21, making NYC the strictest major city in the country about smoking. A bill staking out the new rules was passed by City Council yesterday and is expected to be signed […]

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A proposal drafted by NYC health commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley aims to ban cigarette purchases by those under the age of 21. This isn’t much of a surprise, considering Mayor Bloomberg’s recent efforts to ban large sugary sodas. If passed, the proposal would make the minimum age for buying cigarettes the same as for buying liquor; yet […]

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Police raided a Borough Park warehouse this weekend and found 30,000 cartons of counterfeit cigarettes from China, masquerading as Marlboros, Newports and Camels. For those keeping track, at 20 cigarettes to a pack and 10 packs to a carton, that makes for a staggering 6 million cigarettes–a $4.5 million bust. “Selling this poison… is a […]

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Philip Morris just sent artist Brad Troemel a cease and desist letter to take down his Etsy art, particularly “dean & deluca low calorie snack inside Marlboro box w/ Cerebral Palsy Tissue/Organ Kidney Cancer Green Ribbon Glittery Sticker (Ethical) ½” and “ORGANIC STRAWBERRY wafers in MARLBORO box” for infringement. Because obviously, those look like official Marlboro products. Clearly. Here’s […]

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Accepted wisdom states that you should spend no more than 25 to 30 percent of your income on rent. According to a study published by the non-profit research firm RTI, low-income smokers in New York State spend that much on cigarettes (for contrast, New York smokers who make over $60,000 spend just 2.2 percent of […]

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Except the actual cigarettes of course, those still generate too much money, but that won’t stop the behavioral police from finding innovative ways to make smoking of said legal product unlawful. This time around, politicians have set their targets on adult drivers who light up with kids under 14 in the vehicle. And it won’t […]

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$20 mill a month. That’s how much New York is losing in revenue to the illicit cigarette market according to the Post. Illegal shipments of cigarettes, from all over, are flooding the state as people realize there’s drug money to be made in wake of this summer’s extremely high tax increase. Cigarettes in New York […]

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