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Take a hit

Compromises must be made.
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 21, 2012

The planet known as California

More future adventures with Karl.
By KARL STEVENS  |  September 14, 2012

Smoking Weed on the Weekends Is Mandatory in the Year 2312

That shape-shifting JFK hologram sure is pushy!
By KARL STEVENS  |  May 18, 2012

In a quest to quit smoking, our reporter delves into the strange world of modern hypnosis

I sit with a group of 19 others in a semicircle in what looks like a living room in a brick Brookline walk-up. The smell of old cigarettes lingers on our clothes.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 06, 2012

Barfield and the bong

Any resemblance to real cartoon cats, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
By KARL STEVENS  |  December 30, 2011

Review: Puncture

Though drawn from a true story, Adam and Mark Kassen's drama falls into the pattern of films like The Verdict in which a crapulous barrister gets a second chance by taking on a case of David-versus-Goliath injustice.
Facing down fat cats
By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 21, 2011


A lesson from Smokey the Bear

Smokey earns his nickname.
By DAVID KISH  |  July 15, 2011

Coughing fits

Smoking isn't one of my many vices. But that doesn't mean I have something against those who've chosen that method of killing themselves. It's not like their addiction makes them bad people.
The tobacco tax
By AL DIAMON  |  May 20, 2011

Interview: David Rakoff

Nine years ago, Wellesley College psychology professor Julie Norem wrote a book in defense of negative thinking.
The author ponders the worst
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  October 15, 2010

Will Karl ever quit smoking?

That shit's radioactive
By KARL STEVENS  |  May 28, 2010

Social smoker?

I am sorry to say that I am evidence of this trend. Check out Maine's smoking stats here. 
By Deirdre Fulton  |  April 30, 2010

Recession lesson

Cigarette tax hikes in Rhode Island have smokers kicking the habit.
Drinkin 'n' thinkin'
By MARY ANN SORRENTINO  |  May 22, 2009
snus list

You Snus you lose

Unbowed by last month's $1 a pack increase in the cigarette tax, the tobacco industry is pushing new unhealthy products to gain more Rhode Island customers.
Rhymes with noose
By STEVEN STYCOS  |  May 15, 2009

Letters to the Boston editor: On fire

It’s rare to read or hear anything in any of the media that’s not in lockstep with the Public Health Commission and the movement it represents.
January 16, 2009
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 14, 2009
MRTPQ, In The Queue and WTF

MRTPQ, In The Queue and WTF

A Comcast Mega Robo Thunder Phone Query about smoking, Ed and Charlie review crappy movies, Fl...
By Charlie  |  December 03, 2008

A smoker’s tale

Somehow one is surprised — if one is a semi-conscious literary journalist like me — by the discovery that Will Self has continued to produce books.  
Will Self’s The Butt
By JAMES PARKER  |  October 08, 2008


The bong show

Some state legislators are using the flawed logic of prohibition to try to outlaw another plant they fear kids are using as a legal substitute for pot.
Massachusetts lawmakers are pushing to criminalize Salvia. Is this a test-run for marijuana-law reform?
By JAMES TIERNEY  |  April 23, 2008

Why ban smoking?

This editorial originally appeared in the February 20, 1998 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

An extreme proposal where the spirit of compromise already works

By EDITORIAL  |  February 21, 2008

October 7, 2007

By SYMBOLINE DAI  |  October 03, 2007

Smoking hot

In honor of May 31, International No Tabacco Day, we’re listing the some of the most seminal smoking scenes on the silver screen.
Cigarettes on the silver screen
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 01, 2007

In-law trouble

I recently received a phone call inviting me out on a date. It was from my ex-husband’s father.
Dr. Lovemonkey
By DR. LOVEMONKEY  |  May 30, 2007


One cigarette a day

We are bouncing over a rough ocean, on a boat packed with twenty or so fishermen, and I am breathing the smoke from my grandfather’s cigarettes.
A writer reflects on taking in the breath of life — with all its smoke and memories
By MATTHEW M. QUICK  |  January 29, 2007

Flashbacks: June 23, 2006

These selections, culled from our back files, were compiled by Doug Fleischer, Sam MacLaughlin, and Hannah Van-Susteren.
The Boston Phoenix has been covering the trends and events that shape our times since 1966.
By EDITORIAL  |  June 21, 2006

Thank You For Smoking

As Nick Naylor, chief lobbyist for Big Tobacco, Aaron Eckhart tempers his gleefully loathsome persona from Neil LaBute’s In the Company of Men with a seductively serpentine charm and wit.
Satire gets some things right, begs for a point of view
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 22, 2006

Lucky strike

How to hype a film about the comic exploits of a chief Big Tobacco spokesman that avoids taking sides?
Jason Reitman starts smoking
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 22, 2006
Alehouse TJI photo Portland

Good soundbreaks make . . .

The Portland Regency Hotel has sued the Alehouse, saying the club generates too much noise and disturbs hotel guests.
Hotel vs. Club
By JEFF INGLIS  |  January 18, 2006

Yayo for president?

Bad news for cokeheads everywhere: the chances of Bolivia becoming for cocaine users what Amsterdam is for pot smokers are slim.
Why Bolivia's new boss won't turn his country into a full-fledged narco-state.
By ADAM REILLY  |  January 05, 2006