Smoking and Tobacco Use

  • 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‚ÄčSmokers 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‚ÄčThe 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 >>

  • Calendar

    October 16, 2008

    David Sedaris

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

  • 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.