A great insight into the current trend of speed-dating in NYC. I met some friends after they'd all been to a session - it was just as described here, an exericise in concentrated disappointment.
The ban on smoking in bars is coming to New York. Since 1998 it's been illegal to smoke in bars in California, a ban which has been generally well received and only occasionally ignored. More states will likely follow suit; but I can't imagine the UK implementing anything like this anytime soon.
New York to Widen Smoking Ban [New York Times]