Daniel Kolitz via Hopes&Fears:
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Audrey Silk, the founder of CLASH, is fighting for her right to smoke… anywhere she wants.
Plenty of people like to smoke. At last count, about 42.1 millionAmericans were still getting their daily nicotine intake from old-fashioned paper-wrapped tobacco. But how many of those people, at the end of the day, are truly committed to the cause? My unscientific estimate suggests about 1,300. That, at least, is the number of people currently enlisted in the NYC CLASH Facebook group—CLASH being the combative acronym for New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment. From challenging bans on smoking in public parks to protesting raising the cigarette sales age to 21, the organization has made its case known at every smoking-related hearing of the last decade, speaking up for those too scared or throat-sore to speak for themselves.