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‘Home-grown’ rebellion fights New York smoking ban


NEW YORK (AFP) – In the midst of an unrelenting battle against smokers and cigarettes, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might be surprised to hear there's a tobacco plantation right under his nose.

The rebel crop consists of 100 potted plants lined up in the Brooklyn garden of Audrey Silk, a sort of smokers' guerrilla leader who intends to fight the mayor to the last puff.

Silk, a chain-smoking former police officer of 46, says each crop of baccy produces about 400 packs of cigarettes and -- unlike the $12-15 store packs in the city -- not a penny goes into Bloomberg's tax coffers.


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Gotta love this lady.  From the article:

"But it's more of a political message," she wants to stress.

Even when the work seems like a hassle, "what keeps me going is that I sit there and I keep repeating: 'Screw you Bloomberg, screw you Bloomberg, screw you Bloomberg.' That's what keeps me going."


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