Bloomberg's efforts to eradicate cigarette smoking from New York
nightlife have brought smokers and nonsmokers head-to-head in
a heated debate. It was our mission as a class to explore the
mayor's proposed smoking ban through a webzine that addresses
and appeals to New York City smokers of all persuasions, from
anti-smokers to chain-smokers.
to fairly represent the issue, including perspective pieces from
a non-smoker who is sick of dry cleaning the smell of smoke out
of her clothes after a night out; a smoker, who begins his feature
at a moment in time when he was heckled by a woman and her daughter
for peacefully sitting and having a cigarette; and a quitter,
who struggles against the temptation of returning to her long-loved
habit. Additionally, in tackling an issue that is no stranger
to the media, our writers tried to uncover topics that have received,
little (if any) coverage, like the legality of buying tax-free
cigarettes online, or the ways in which Bloomberg's campaign against
smoking might butt heads with his campaign against noise.
to make this site an effective resource, we compiled a links library
that should serve as a launching pad for anyone interested in
conducting further research about this pressing social, cultural,
legal and health issue. It is our hope that you will step out
of the Smoke Ring with a clearer, more informed idea of where
you stand on this issue, and why.
Smoke Ring was created by Jessica O'Brien's Online Reporting class at New York University's Department of Journalism.