1 Million New Yorkers Just Want a Single Goddamn Cigarette, Okay?

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offering a cigarette from the pack on the street
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With Nanny Bloomberg out of the picture, adults in New York City are smoking again (“But only when I drink!”). For the third straight year, the smoking rate went up last year, hitting 16.1 percent in 2013 — the all-time low was 14 percent in 2010 — and topping one million people for the first time since 2007. Officials called the jump “significant,” although 76 percent of those who admitted to indulging self-reported as “light” or non-daily smokers. We are all Gwyneth Paltrow.