Smoking and Tobacco Use

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2014

    E-cig, Vape Users Brace For FDA Regulations

    Cloud blowers, flavor connoisseurs, smokeless e-cig puffers, surreptitious stoners, cancer patients trying to quit cigarettes -- Houston's e-cigarette and vape consumers as are diverse as the products created in the local DIY market. It's a market that's been allowed to frankenstein and modify new c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Houston to Ban Smoking at Parks, Pools, Golf Courses

    Following a trend that is occurring in numerous cities across the country, the city will extend its ban of smoking already enforced in most public indoor spaces, outdoor stadiums and within 25 feet of buildings to larger outdoor areas as well beginning September 2. The downtown library facilities wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2014

    My Next-Door Neighbors Are Peeping Toms. Help!

    Welcome to Ask Willie D, Rocks Off's advice column where the Geto Boys MC answers reader questions about matters, in his own words, "funny, serious or unpredictable." Something on your mind? Ask Willie D! WHY DO SMOKERS STAND RIGHT OUTSIDE OF DOORWAYS TO SMOKE? Dear Willie D: I have a healthy con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Does It Matter That Houston's Not on List of Eight Cities That Ban Smoking in Public Parks?

    There are eight big cities in the U.S. that ban smoking in public parks, and Houston isn't one of them. Sure, it's okay to smoke in a public park here (not in Dallas, however), as long as it's not a situation where everyone is sitting down for a concert or some function. If you want to watch your k ... More >>

  • News

    February 13, 2014

    Ride at Your Own Risk

    Cycling remains dangerous in car-centric Houston.

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    CVS Pulls Tobacco Products Citing Commitment to Healthcare

    CVS, one of the largest pharmacy chains in the U.S., announced it will pull all tobacco products from its shelves by October 1 of this year. Citing its commitment to doctors and healthcare, CVS said the removal of cigarettes and other tobacco products will cost them some $2 billion annually at their ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 12, 2013

    Rest of the Best 2013

    The top 10 late-night dining restaurants in Houston.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Vapor Conflict: E-Cigarettes Ignite Debate About Smoking in Bars and Restaurants

    I couldn't get anyone I know to speak on the record for this story. The only regular smokers I know are in the restaurant industry, and in spite of the fact that anyone can see them smoking outside between shifts, no one wanted to admit to smoking e-cigarettes. "Is it because e-cigarettes look kin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    For All Its Naivete, "Hey Bartender" Sure is Pretty

    I'm going to buy "Hey Bartender" on Bluray when it comes out. The movie is a beautiful celebration of the service industry at its peak, with shots capturing some of America's best bars crafting their art. To watch the world's very best bartenders push a drink across the bar is nothing short of mesme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Report: Texas Ranks Near the Bottom in Tobacco Settlement Spending

    Texas is only spending 2.4 percent of the tobacco settlement money it collects on tobacco prevention campaigns, placing the state near the bottom of the Centers for Disease Control's recommended state-spending list, according to a December report. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' report states t ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    CFS and a Cigarette

    City Cafe, an old-school diner in South Houston, still turns out a stellar breakfast.

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Chicken Fried Steak and a Cigarette at City Cafe

    Glenn Livet and I both unwittingly covered two South Houston classics this week: He in a dive bar post about Bonnie's and me in a review of City Cafe. Both establishments are notable for several reasons: they are long-lived, they are full of character (and characters) and they both still allow smok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Tea Time at the New Marquis II

    Photo by Paul KnightThe unchanged Long Island, sitting on the pre-renovation bar​Seeing people smoking outside of the newly renovated Marquis II is strange enough to distract you from the other changes, like the exterior coat of dark paint and the windows that make the place seem less like the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2011

    ACL: Smoking Ban Openly Flouted At Zilker Park, But Ah Hell What Did You Expect?

    Marco Torres​For the most part this year's drought and wildfire-related smoking ban at ACL is being followed, but during Friday's festivities it wasn't hard to find fans smoking to their hearts content on the grounds, or in the case above, on the ground. It seems to be only really deterring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    ACL: Cults Semi-Wows To Start Our Day And Ha Ha Tonka Bassist Says To Hell With Smoking Ban

    Craig Hlavaty​Smoking ban? What smoking ban? Ha Ha Tonka bassist Lucas Long don't care about the smoking ban at Zilker Park. Good times, y'all.

  • Dining

    March 31, 2011

    House Party

    Eating at Cafe Mawal is like attending a backyard barbecue.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    Texans Support Statewide Smoking Ban, Says Group Pushing for Statewide Smoking Ban

    Joe Camel is in the other 30 percent​If you want to ban smoking in all indoor work and public places in Texas, then you agree with 70 percent of residents here, according to a new poll by the Smoke-Free Texas Coalition. Such a ban is supported by 67 percent of Republicans, 69 percent of Indep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Texas Pathetic In Fighting Kids Smoking, Report Says

    The kidz and their tobacco​Texas is set to get $1.8 billion this year from the huge tobacco-litigation settlement of a decade ago, but it will spend just 0.6 percent of that on preventing kids from smoking, a report from a coalition of health groups said today. The state spends $11.4 million ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Smoking Ban Gets Semi-Vaporized In Galveston

    Send a few to Galveston, Ronnie​Smokers can enjoy a rare victory in the Banning Wars thanks to Galveston.The city council there ignored the wishes of the new mayor and in a close vote revised the drastic ban on public smoking that had been in effect since the first of the year.That ban outlawed sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    Congratulations, Kemah Smokers: You're 20 Feet Closer To The Front Door

    Hey you two!! Take it outside!! At least you won't have to walk far​The Kemah city council couldn't agree on a smoking ban in bars and restaurant bars at their meeting last night, but they did agree on one thing: Those desperate, addicted puffers forced outside in rain, cold and heat can be a litt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Legendary Houston Lawyer John O'Quinn Killed In Car Crash

    Legendary Houston lawyer John O'quinn and an unidentified man were killed this morning when their SUV slammed into a tree off Allen Parkway. Police have not said who was driving. O'Quinn, 68, won huge settlements in mass-tort cases dealing with deadly breast implants and Big Tobacco. Recen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    If You're Going to Smoke, Stay Away From Siamese Cats

    Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine has tackled the question of whether second hand smoke can give heart disease or cancer to your pets - and comes up with a profound maybe. "Laboratory studies using dogs trained to smoke cigarettes have shown that they develop typical lung pathology similar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    City Says Smoking Ban Has Had No Impact On Bars

    Two years ago, Houston City Council approved a smoking ban for local bars. This week, it was announced that the city had spent $12,000 to measure the impact of the ban.Their conclusion? It had no impact on bar sales whatsoever. "It's reassuring that we did the right thing. We protected workers who o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    R.I.P., Eleanor Tinsley

    Eleanor Tinsley, who served on the City Council for 16 years, has died.She was big on two things -- getting Houston's billboards taken down, and trying to stop cigarette smoking anywhere and everywhere, it seemed.The elegantly coiffed Tinsley -- she always looked like the Dallas-native Baylor alum s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Houston Lawsuit Calls Foul On Those "Low-Tar" Cigarettes

    Vincent Salazar, a Houston man, is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against Philip Morris and its parent company, Altria Group, in Texas, making the state one of four where similar lawsuits were filed in the last two days. The suits are seeking damages allegedly caused by years of advertising w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    The Prison Experience Just Isn't The Same Without Cigarettes, Lawmaker Says

    After sticking another inmate with a shiv in the showers, there’s nothing better than a tepid cup of apple wine and a smoke. Unfortunately, TDCJ banned all tobacco products in 1994, making it that much more difficult for a prisoner to relax after a hard day of rec-yard baseball or gang rape. But ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2008

    David Sedaris

    Humorist returns on the heels of his latest release, When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2008

    Smoke Toys: BBQ Pits by Klose

    Clarence Pierson, whose outstanding smoked pork is featured in this week's Cafe review, pulls a brisket out of his bank safe-shaped pit. Pierson & Company's smoker was built by one of Houston's most famous custom barbecue pit builders, BBQ Pits by Klose (2216 W. 34th Street, 800-487-7487). Thes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    Get Lit: These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves, by Emily Flake

    We get it, smoking kills. Like tattoos , it’s just not “cool” anymore. So why do so many of us still do it? Emily Flake tackles the question in her entertaining graphic novella These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves: A Love/Hate/Love/Hate/Love Letter to a Very Bad Habit. Without further ado ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2007

    Passing a Buck to the Smokers

    Daniel Kramer Dave Pickrell cuts through the smoke on the latest tax increase. No word on what he's doing about the mirrors. We asked Dave Pickrell, president of Smokers Fighting Discrimination, what he thinks about the $1 cigarette tax increase that went into effect throughout the state on Mon ... More >>

  • News

    August 31, 2000

    Live Free and Die

    Smokers' rights activist Dave Pickrell thinks his freedom is being stubbed out cigarette by cigarette. He's fighting to stop that, coughing all the way.