Thursday, May 13, 2004
It Looks Like a Cigarette, and it Burns Like a Cigarette...
....but in the eyes of the law, it isn't a cigarette -- and hence it is a great way to get around rules against smoking cigarettes in public. "It" is an herbal cigarette, in this case one that burns a "real leaf of lotus, corn silk and licorice root." A play being performed in Syracuse, New York calls for smoking, but state law prohibits cigarette smoking in public locales, including theaters. Herbal cigarettes to the rescue! (Incidentally, it doesn't exactly smell like a cigarette -- at least it doesn't smell like a tobacco cigarette.)