Smoking and Tobacco Use

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Marijuana: Are students getting high in school using vape pens or smoking something else?

    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 >>

  • News

    November 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    RJ Reynolds' Colorado launch of new e-cigarette not inspired by marijuana, company says

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2012

    Tobacco-Free Aurora pushes for city ordinance requiring retailers to be licensed

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Reader: To ban dissolvable tobacco Camel Orbs that look like Tic Tacs is nanny state overload

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Reader: The stigma attached to smoking is saving a lot of lives

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Reader: I think Michael Douglas is selfish and irresponsible

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2011

    Michael Douglas: Just let the man smoke, for God's sake

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Reader question: What is Denver's best cigar bar?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Nervesandgel quits smoking, releases new video for "Scrub Scrub Scrub"

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    What week is it? New Years' resolutions of impending misery

    This is the last time this somehow happens to you​And 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Shut up, Centers for Disease Control: An open letter to the Denver International Airport

    Keep us in flavor country, DIA​Dear 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Reader: Boulder is a Communist country where you can't enjoy a beer and a smoke in peace

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Paris on the Platte goes mobile

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Smoking ban on stage: The Supreme Court declines to hear Curious Theatre's case

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2010

    Wheat Ridge considers banning patio smoking

    A Flickr photo​Last 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 >>

  • Music

    February 25, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Paris on the Platte bans smoke, adds music

    ​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 >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Kenny Be's Sign Language: Puff, the Magic Grease Monkey

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Is Ward Churchill sneaking cigs in the Denver County Courthouse men's room?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Bingo Barn in Northglenn goes into foreclosure

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    When Irish guys aren't smiling, they could be looking for an Irish bar in Denver

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Mile High Makeout: Fresh start

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Marquee Magazine's Brian Johnson named as Fox Theatre's new publicist

    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 >>

  • Dining

    January 31, 2008

    Uptown Tavern

    Smoke ’em while you’ve got ’em.

  • Dining

    October 11, 2007

    Lancer Lounge

    Don’t worry, be Fun Happy.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2007

    We've Always Got Paris

    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 >>

  • Calendar

    June 21, 2007

    A Glass Act

    Let's drink to sixty years of drinking at Don's.

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 28, 2007

    Denver Restaurant Week, Day 4

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2006


    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 >>

  • Dining

    December 15, 2005

    The Knockout

    Sullivan's Steakhouse

  • Dining

    May 19, 2005

    Drink of the Week

    Hoosier Daddy

  • Dining

    February 3, 2005

    Bite Me

    Light Up

  • Dining

    October 21, 2004
  • Dining

    July 8, 2004

    Bite Me

    Rice Checks

  • Dining

    June 19, 2003

    Bite Me

    Butt Seriously, Folks

  • Dining

    May 15, 2003

    Bite Me

    New York State of Mind

  • Dining

    January 30, 2003

    Bite Me

    Smoke 'em If You Got 'em

  • Dining

    January 16, 2003

    Bite Me

    Fed-Letter Day

  • Dining

    December 19, 2002

    Bite Me

    A Smoking Deal

  • Dining

    December 5, 2002

    Bite Me

    Smoke Free or Die

  • Dining

    April 11, 2002

    Check, Please!

    Readers give our food critic something to chew on.

  • Dining

    March 14, 2002

    The Bite

    Smokin' deals

  • Dining

    November 18, 1999

    Thirty Sakes Over Tokyo

    Mori gives itself a LoDo makeover.