In a blow to the members of The Players club, a judge ruled that New York City's smoking ban also applies to their exclusive club. The club, founded in 1888 by Edwin Booth (John Wilkes' brother), sued in 2003 on the basis that the law was unconstitutional. Judge Victor Marrero cited an earlier decision of his, "individuals have no 'fundamental' right to smoke tobacco." Hmm...next thing you know, Marrero might be taking all our guns away! We jest, we jest.
Gothamist wonders if the club will be able continue in their goal: "the promotion of social intercourse between members..." Snicker, snicker.