NY Man Agrees to Pay $2,000 Per Cigar Smoked in His Own Home
Smoking can be an expensive habit.
It can be really expensive when you have to pay an extra $2,000 every time you light up. But that's just what Harry Lysons, 70, of Manhattan, New York has been ordered to do, the New York Post reports.
The Post obtained papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court which state that he must pay his neighbors, Russell and Amanda Poses, $2,000 every time he smokes a cigar in his apartment, and if he doesn't pay within 15 days, he will have to pay another $1,500.
I suppose that beats $2 million, which is what Harry Lysons' neighbors were suing him for.
Despite all that, it's possible Lysons is getting off cheap. The court order brings to an end a $2 million lawsuit Russell and Amanda Poses brought against him. His neighbors complained to the housing authority of foul and noxious odors, saying that the strong was so pungent that "you can't eat dinner."
An unpleasant odor is one thing, but the Poses took it up another notch by alleging that Lysons' cigars gave their children breathing problems and ear infections.
Lysons' attorney said that his client had no plans to quit smoking cigars: "I think when you're in your 70s you're entitled to some of the remaining pleasures in life. He's earned the right to smoke a cigar and have some brandy at night. He'll just have the cigar on the street." said attorney Jeffrey Marcus. The street may be one of the few remaining places where it is legal to smoke.
So what do you think? Should Lysons have to pay a fine to smoke in his own home?
- Smoking Cigars in His Apartment Will Cost Upper East Side Man $2,000 a Pop (Village Voice)
- Smoker's Rights (FindLaw's LawBrain)
- Smoking in the Workplace (FindLaw)