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When I first noticed that some of my peers were using vape pens as a means to quit smoking, I was mystified. As I watched people at parties inhale from pocket-sized metallic instruments and promptly exhale cumulous reams of smoke, I sat there looking at the floating clouds in wonderment. But the ubiquity of vape pens and the people who brandish them has only multiplied since then. Their smoke-filled presence has left me in a mental haze that's been hard for me to escape....
I picked the coldest day probably ever to hoof it out to the Red Light District, a DIY venue slash suburban home in the farthest reaches of Far Rockaway. I'd been here once for a noise show, though my memories of that night are admittedly a little bit hazy, so I had some trouble recognizing the squat brick ranch. But when I rang the doorbell and heard the barks coming from what I could...
Oxford Dictionaries awarded the word "vape" the illustrious title of Word of the Year, a distinction that every English speaker on the planet is guaranteed to immediately forget. But hold up, because we're almost a million percent sure this word will stick around unlike winners of yore chosen by institutions like the American Dialect Society (ADS), see: bushlips (1990), information superhighway (1993), and past nominees like sea kittens (2009), moofing (2008). The fact that "vape" won word...
After twelve years of running this city and passing enough public health legislation to earn him the nickname "Nanny Bloomberg," you didn't think that Bloomberg, his commissioner of health, Dr. Thomas Farley, or the city council would let us enter into the new year without taking a few more steps closer toward becoming a healthier New York, did you? Of course not. Two days ago, the city council approved a ban on e-cigarettes in public...

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