Audrey Silk

Audrey Silk is the founder of the grassroots smokers’ rights group Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.).  She is a 20-year veteran of the New York Police Department, retiring in 2004.  In 2005, she ran for New York City mayor at the invitation of the Libertarian Party.

Based in New York City and originally formed in 2000 to protect and advance the interests of the city and state residents who choose to smoke, C.L.A.S.H. ultimately became nationally active.

Locally, nationally and even globally at times, Silk has been the go-to person for news mediums seeking an opinion on smoking-related issues and policy. In addition to numerous appearances on major cable news networks such as CNN and Fox News, she was profiled in The New York Times and the subject of documentaries.

Aside from participating at public hearings and meeting with lawmakers, C.L.A.S.H. has launched several court battles challenging the legality of certain anti-smoking laws in New York, including the ban on the use of e-cigarettes.

Silk’s latest C.L.A.S.H.-led campaign, “Smoking is Normal,” is designed to reassure adults who choose to smoke, and to impress on society that smokers are not the villains or victims that public health advocates portray them to be.