I know it's a law, though it's not clear to me that the law as written applies to individual cigarettes. My contention is that all laws are not created equal. This is a trivial offense. 4-5 cops plus a supervisor's time, even for an hour, cost the city
$400. Tack on the OT that Pantaleo gets and you're talking something like a thousand dollars spent because some guy evaded a couple bucks in taxes. And now tack on millions that the family will get from the wrongful death suit. And most importantly that some poor slob got killed.