Cigar Aficionado

Smoking in an Undisclosed Location

I feel a little like vice president Cheney: The other night I sat in an undisclosed location in New York City. But I wasn’t there hiding from terrorists, I was ducking the smoke police.

At this undisclosed location, I fired up two great cigars. And the reason this place will remain undisclosed is because my act of smoking was quite illegal.

I’m not going to say where it was, who I was with or even what type of place I was in. Suffice to say that we smoked in a spot where we weren’t allowed to smoke.

This is what it’s come to in New York, a city that has long prided itself on never sleeping and offering something for everyone, no matter what their taste: smokers must often resort to breaking the law if they want to indulge. A place where you’re not allowed to smoke? In today’s New York, that’s just about everywhere.

The first cigar I smoked was a Tatuaje RC 184 that was rolled two and a half years ago. It’s a 7 1/2 inch long, 57 ring figurado made entirely from Nicaraguan tobacco, and it’s heaven, a simply stunning smoke. The second was a special Davidoff rolled for the Columbus Circle store, and it too was delicious.

It was a great night, but it’s an absolute shame that it can no longer be done legally. The days of smoking indoors in New York City, for the most part, are in the past.

Unless you break the law.

"Sorry to hear that. It's very frustrating to go to a supposedly cigar-friendly spot and then be denied your opportunity to enjoy a cigar. " —June 22, 2007 23:10 PM
"Smoking is still legal here in Pennsylvania, but not so you'd know it. A few weeks ago, myself and three friends were asked to put out our cigars in a restaurant that advertises itself as cigar friendly. We were in the smoking section of the bar, after 9pm, a few feet from their fully-stocked cabinet humidor. We were told that, since people were still eating (and, it should be noted, smoking cigarettes while doing so), we would have to either put out our cigars or sit by ourselves in the back room. One member of our group, who happens to work in the cigar industry, spoke up (to no avail) and we left. So, even where it's legal to smoke, it's not always easy. " —June 22, 2007 12:31 PM