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09.16.14 Marina Galperina

According to the latest report by the New York City Department of Health, 16% of New Yorkers were smoking in 2013, compared to 14% in 2010. The national average is 18%, yet smoking rates across the country continue to fall. The AP mention several possible reasons for the spike. Under Bloomberg, the city pioneered repressive anti-smoking measures in public spaces […]

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09.11.14 Marina Galperina

The scientific community continues to embrace tentatively hug psychedelic therapy, and with good cause. In a new Johns Hopkins University study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, “just two or three experiences” tripping on mushrooms helped a dozen volunteers struggling with a long-term smoking addiction quit. The success rate is twice that of “the gold standard medication”/Big Pharma cessation aids like Pfizer Inc.’s Chantix. […]

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07.07.14 Sophie Weiner

Though cigarette use has been on the decline since the ’70s, a newly released study conducted by New York University’s Center for Drug Use and HIV Research shows that some tobacco products are gaining ground. The study surveyed 15,000 high school seniors in 48 states and found that 18% of students had smoked hookah in […]

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03.25.14 Andy Cush

The city banned the smoking of electronic cigarettes in public late last year, and now, a smokers’ rights group is suing to have the legislation overturned. The lawsuit’s argument hinges on semantics. As The Verge points out, New York’s constitution requires that  “laws must address only one subject, and that subject must be reflected in the title,” […]

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12.31.13 Andy Cush

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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12.20.13 Andy Cush

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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11.19.13 Marina Galperina

As promised by the soon-departing Mayor Bloomberg, as of today, you have to be 21 years old to buy tobacco products in New York. Bloomberg, the City Health Commissioner and the New York City Council have thereby restored that rebellious edge smoking seems to lose once you turn 18 and start making legal bodega runs for cigarettes, just like the rest […]

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10.31.13 Andy Cush

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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01.25.13 Eugene Reznik

Calm down. Those aren’t real cigarrettes. Photographer Frieke Janssens used chalk, cheese sticks, candles and incense to stage these fictional and yet, gracefully unnerving portraits of smoking children. She says she was prompted by the viral speared of videos of East-Asian toddler smokers on the internet, as well as complaints that the Belgium-based photographer heard from […]

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12.13.12 Andy Cush

Yesterday, FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano called for the banning of novelty lighters in New York State, citing lighters that look like trucks, animals, and tractors, and saying that kids might have a hard time telling them apart from regular toys. That last part is probably true, which is why parents should make sure not to […]

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