Roken in New York wordt fun!

Sinds de invoering van de rookverboden in New York heeft roken daar een speciaal tintje gekregen. Rokers hebben zich nog nooit zo solidair gevoeld als nu. Ze zoeken mekaar op op dakterrassen en bouwen feestjes.


Een journalist beschrijft deze nieuwe sfeer in de New York Post.


Banning smoking is like Prohibition; it’s a good idea, but it won’t work.



Last year, the roof terrace of Ken Aretsky’s celeb-friendly Patroon went begging for customers.

“Now that smoking is illegal in most of the city but legal up there, we’ve had people clamoring to go up there,” Aretsky says.

“People go up there and they have a great time. There’s a party atmosphere up there half the time. They come up and thank me for providing the space.”

The best parties in town have followed the smoke – and we don’t mean they’ve all gone to New Jersey to beat the ban, as a certain other New York newspaper reported this week.

Sure there are sidewalks, roof terraces, bar gardens and the few “tobacco bars” holding prized exemptions to the ban, where patrons can light up.

But there’s nothing like the allure of the city’s new discreet but decidedly busy “smoke-easies,” where, if you keep your cigarette low and don’t blow it in the barman’s face, you’ll meet a blind eye.

It harkens back to the now-romanticized days of Prohibition.


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  • "Es ist schwieriger, eine vorgefaßte Meinung zu zertrümmern als ein Atom."
    (Het is moeilijker een vooroordeel aan flarden te schieten dan een atoom.)
    Albert Einstein

  • "Als je alles zou laten dat slecht is voor je gezondheid, dan ging je kapot"
    Anonieme arts

  • "The effects of other people smoking in my presence is so small it doesn't worry me."
    Sir Richard Doll, 2001

  • "Een leugen wordt de waarheid als hij maar vaak genoeg wordt herhaald"
    Joseph Goebbels, Minister van Propaganda, Nazi Duitsland


  • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • "There''s no such thing as perfect air. If there was, God wouldn''t have put bristles in our noses"
    Coun. Bill Clement

  • "Better a smoking freedom than a non-smoking tyranny"
    Antonio Martino, Italiaanse Minister van Defensie

  • "If smoking cigars is not permitted in heaven, I won't go."
    Mark Twain

  • I've alllllllways said that asking smokers "do you want to quit?" and reporting the results of that question, as is, is horribly misleading. It's a TWO part question. After asking if one wants to quit it must be followed up with "Why?" Ask why and the majority of the answers will be "because I'm supposed to" (victims of guilt and propaganda), not "because I want to."
    Audrey Silk, NYCCLASH