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Audrey Silk
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Audrey Silk is a retired New York City police officer and founder of Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.), a nationally active grassroots smokers' rights organization. She is a frequent guest on talk radio shows and TV news segments, including FNC and CNN, and widely quoted in the print media about smoking/tobacco-related issues.

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Raising the Cigarette Sales Age to 21: Politics Meets Paternalism

(9) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:10 PM

NYC council speaker and, more importantly, mayoral candidate Christine Quinn just stole her classmate's recipe.

We're told that Quinn is the co -- if not prime -- sponsor of a "new" proposal to raise the age for sales of cigarettes and all forms of tobacco from 18 to 21....

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The (Soda) Counter Hearing to NYC's Phony Soda Ban Hearing

(8) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 6:05 PM

On Tuesday, July 24th, the complicit New York City Department of Health (DOH) will hold a hearing on Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to ban the serving of soda in cups and containers that are larger than 16 fluid ounces.

The sparkle of a "hearing" is as flat as...

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More State Funding for Tobacco Control Programs? Don't Believe the Hype.

(16) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 3:47 PM

With New York State interests leading the way, the river of tears coming from anti-smoker proponents across the country over budget cuts to state-run Tobacco Control programs is about to flow from the top. The Associated Press alerts us that on March 8 the U.S. Surgeon General's office...

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Governor Cuomo Says No New Taxes in Budget but Loophole Closure Is a Tax on Smokers

(6) Comments | Posted January 24, 2012 | 5:07 PM

This past Tuesday New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo presented the state's Executive Budget for 2012-2013.

Ensuing headlines reflected the words of State Budget Director Robert Megna and of the governor who said, "This budget closes the remaining deficit with no gimmicks [and]...

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New York's Finest Cut to the Chase in the Murder of Police Officer Peter Figoski

(9) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 12:34 PM

In the days following the murder of NYC Police Officer Peter Figoski, politicians from Mayor Michael Bloomberg to City Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. stepped up to the microphone to point fingers of blame.

Officer Figoski was killed in the line of duty after responding to a...

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Clearing the Air: Why Smoking Bans Are Bad for Business

(63) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 4:27 PM

With a number of states seeming to heed the childhood cautionary words of their mothers, "If all your friends jumped off a bridge would you jump too?" they've so far resisted enacting smoking bans.

So it wasn't surprising to hear the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announce...

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