Vape pens used to smoke marijuana aren't new: We wrote about a dispensary giving them away to chemotherapy patients back in 2012. But with the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, the concept has gone mainstream in a big way thanks to the way the devices mask much of the scent and smoke long associat ... More >>
Since the early days of Colorado's marijuana legalization movement, the prospect of Big Tobacco moving into the state and taking over the pot industry has concerned activists. So it was only natural that when RJ Reynolds, among the most powerful of the nation's tobacco companies, announced that it h ... More >>
What Tobacco-Free Aurora lacks in longevity and membership, it makes up for in ambition. Founded a little more than a year ago with a rotating volunteer staff of twelve to thirty, the group recently pushed the entirety of its efforts toward creating a city ordinance regulating the sale of tob ... More >>
In a post this week, the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance called for RJ Reynolds to stop Colorado test-marketing of dissolvable tobacco products he believes are being marketing to kids via candy-like packaging -- and the state health board subsequently joined the cause. But ... More >>
Yep, we all know.The main argument for quitting smoking is that it's bad for you; indeed, the evidence is well documented. That's perhaps why a lot of people who don't smoke have a hard time understanding why smokers continue to smoke despite the risks -- and certainly plenty of those people ... More >>
If anyone needed further evidence that the tide of public opinion has turned firmly against smoking cigarettes, look no further than the mass freak-out that ensued when cancer-survivor Michael Douglas was recently spotted possibly smoking a cigarette. As an incorrigible smoker myself, I under ... More >>
Back on the shit?Every time I go to the doctor's office, it's the same old story: I show up on time for the appointment I've made in advance and then wait for two hours, during which they make sure I'm going to pay them and provide six-month-old gossip magazines for me to read. Then they tell ... More >>
Is Churchill Bar Denver's best cigar bar?In Best of Denver 2011, we served up many places to drink, including Best New Bar, Best Dive Bar and Best Tap House. But what if you're looking for a drink and a smoke? Frank asks: Your last edition featuring "Best of" failed to mention best Cigar Bar ... More >>
It's been said that quitting smoking is harder than kicking heroin. Johnny Wolfhart is in the midst of his own battle with cigarettes and decided to make a video in response to the irritation that comes with kicking the habit. Wolfhart, aka Nervesandgel (aka the guy who played a show at Starb ... More >>
This is the last time this somehow happens to youAnd now the end is here, as Frank Sinatra might have said before his end actually was there and he died. As we coast toward the close of the debauched year that was 2010, we've got less than a week left to get our party on before facing the unp ... More >>
Keep us in flavor country, DIADear Denver International Airport, You stress me out. It's not you -- it's just that airports in general stress me out. You're too crowded, parking is a hassle, TSA makes me take off half my clothing and then feels me up inappropriately, and then when I finally ... More >>
We love when a strong take pops up on an older post. That's precisely what happened recently, when a reader weighed in on a 2008 item about a surprising link between smoking bans and drunk-driving fatalities -- and took dead aim at Boulder.
Since the mid-1980s, crowds of hipsters have populated the dark rooms at Paris on the Platte, 1553 Platte Street, sipping espresso and smoking cigarettes (until December of last year, when the joint finally went non-smoking) in one of Denver's favorite alternative coffeehouses. Now, the crew ... More >>
A Flickr photoYou won't be seeing these on the Curious Theatre stage.In December, we told you about the Colorado Supreme Court's ruling against the Curious Theatre, which had argued that extending the state's smoking ban to the stage improperly infringed on creative expression. Curious appea ... More >>
A Flickr photoLast night, at a study session of the Wheat Ridge City Council, members considered making significant revisions to the town's smoking ordinance, including banning smoking on outdoor restaurant and bar patios. "The council provided staff direction to bring the ordinance forward ... More >>
Back in 1986, when Paris on the Platte opened at 1553 Platte Street, in the no man's land between LoDo and Highland, there was no Sushi Sasa, no Colt & Gray -- just My Brother's Bar over on the corner of 15th Street. But the little coffeehouse hung on, adding a wine bar at 1549 Platte in 2004 ... More >>
Smokin' mechanics on duty In today's competitive economy, small businesses must offer more services to a wider range of consumers -- and this Denver mechanic is providing customers with the best of both worlds. Storefront signage states that all makes and models of auto mechanic specialist se ... More >>
Trials can be really stressful, with all the argumentation and whatnot. Though Ward Churchill's wrongful-termination lawsuit against the University of Colorado has seemed less bombastic than perhaps the drum-beaters might have preferred, no one would blame the chain-smoking professor for grabbing a ... More >>
Well, I don't know where the youth soccer teams in Northglenn are going to go to inhale second-hand smoke now that the Bingo Barn has gone into foreclosure. Documents filed with Adams County a few weeks ago show that the company that ran the operation is in the hole to North Valley Bank for $673,223 ... More >>
There are things I like about the Celtic Tavern. I like the fact that it sits at 18th and Blake, one of my favorite parts of downtown. I've rarely spent a night in this neighborhood that hasn't culminated with my being offered drugs (everything from weed to opium), by friendly drug dealers as I walk ... More >>
Yes, I know a lot of people like to use a new year as an opportunity to get a fresh start. It might just mean that you clean the stains out of your toilet bowl finally, or you put clean sheets on your bed, or you floss. Some people even make New Year's resolutions. Usually, these are pledges related ... More >>
File under: Whoa! Uh-uh. Really? Cool! Just received word that my good buddy Brian Johnson, who publishes Marquee Magazine and frequently quotes my tossed off line about smoking like it's my job, has been named as the new publicist for Boulder's venerable Fox Theatre. Johnson, who will be assuming h ... More >>
Smoke em while youve got em.
Dont worry, be Fun Happy.
The Rocky Mountain News is reporting that the Carioca Cafe -- better known as Bar Bar -- finally quit allowing smoking inside the establishment, a year after the ban went into effect. But while that great institution has fallen, Paris on the Platte is still flauting the nanny rules by saying it qual ... More >>
Let's drink to sixty years of drinking at Don's.
We're midway through Denver Restaurant Week, and reports are coming in. Restaurant Kevin Taylor? Full to capacity. Barolo Grill? Booked solid. Luca d'Italia? Ditto. Owner Frank Bonanno (above) has said that he couldn't find a table for even his mother if she were to wander into Mizuna one nigh ... More >>
Despite the smoking ban, patrons are still happily smoking away inside Paris on the Platte at 15th and Platte streets. The venerable coffee shop is holding firm that it is exempt from the state's new Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act because it derives more than 5 percent of total gross income from toba ... More >>
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