Hiss! Boo! Somebody bounce that anti-smoking guy out of here!

I picked-up this neat little item today in Gary Menelski's Cigars Blog at Cigars.About.com. Titled "Cigar Spies Walk Among Us," Mr. Manelski references a recent New York Times article, "At a Cigar Show, an Air-Quality Scientist Under Deep, Smoky Cover," about Ryan David Kennedy, an anti-smoking advocate and grad student from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, who "snuck" into The Big Smoke - New York 2007, not to smoke, but to measure the air quality at the event.

At the very least, it's an interesting read. At most, having attended The Big Smoke - New York 2006 (see my CigarAdvisor.com article from last year), Mr. Kennedy's data merely confirms the obvious within the context of the circumstances. True, the cigar smoke does get a bit excessive inside the Marriott Marquis ballroom, but to a dedicated cigar smoker it's a walk in the rose garden.

Suffice it to say, I hope the Cigar Aficionado staff will be more diligent in weeding out such scallywags from now on. ;-)


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