A loosie also spelled loosey is a single cigarette that is purchased or sold. The term most commonly refers to single cigarettes illegally sold in the United States. The transaction is untaxed and commonly found in low-income areas. In 2014, Eric Garner died when NYPD officers attempted to arrest him for selling loosies.[1][2]


  1. Solange Uwimana (2014-10-23). "How Illegal Cigarettes Get Smuggled and Sold in New York City". Vice. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  2. Christopher Mathias (2011-04-06). "I Love 'Loosies': In Defense of Black Market Cigarettes". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
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