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NYC To Punish Clubs, Bars That Allow Patrons To Light Up

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The City's Health department says it plans on cracking down on clubs that allow patrons to light up.

Officials have threatened to pull food and beverage permits from five trendy spots around the city after undercover inspectors caught people smoking inside the venues on numerous occasions.

Some of the offenders reportedly include Southside Night Club in Little Italy, Lit Lounge in the East Village, the Box on the lower East Side and the M2 Ultra Lounge.

Health Department's top lawyer Thomas Merill told the New York Daily News that M2 Ultra Lounge is the worst violator.

"We made it clear we will go forward and we are not interested in making a deal," Merrill told the newspaper. "I'm not going to do that when I'm not confident they can't commit to the Smoke-Free Air Act."

The New York Daily news has pictures inside M2 Ultra Lounge showing bouncers talking with cigar smokers, cigarettes for sale in bathrooms and waitresses serving cocktails with lit cigarettes in hands.

An attorney for M2 said the cigarette sales were not sanctioned by the bar and are doing everything in its efforts to stop the smoking.

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