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Going To New Jersey For Drinks
From JoongAng
May 12, 2003

Now that the new anti-smoking law prohibits smoking in bars in New York City, smokers are moving their drinking spots to New Jersey.

Because one can smoke with lower priced liquor and cigarettes, bars across the Hudson River are being visited by an increasing number of New Yorkers.

Due to this new trend, bars in Hoboken, right across the river from Manhattan, are booming. Helen Kim, who lives in Staten Island and works in Manhattan, often visits a whiskey bar in Hoboken since the anti-smoking law has been in effect.“I am having difficulty at bars in the city because I can’t smoke," she explained. "I am going to go to New Jersey for drinks and smoke with cheaper cigarettes and liquor.”

According to the New York Nightlife Association (NYNA), around 9 percent of smokers who have been bar-patrons do not go [to bars] anymore, choosing either to stay home or drink in places other than bars in the city. Robert Bookman, the lawyer for the NYNA pointed out that this law is too strict and can threaten one of the important industries in Manhattan.

“It takes only 14 minutes from Herald Square to Hoboken by PATH train," one smoker, who started to drink at bars in Hoboken said. "I spend only a dollar-fifty for a single PATH ride and three dollars by cab to the bar. I’m going to drink there more often.”

Translated from Korean by JooYeon Lee

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