In the United States, a loosie (or loosey) is a single cigarette that is purchased or sold.
The transaction is illegal and commonly found in low-income areas. The high cost of cigarettes due to increased taxation has been blamed for increased sales of loosies.
In 2014, Eric Garner died when NYPD officers attempted to arrest him for allegedly selling loosies.
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- ^ Solange Uwimana (October 23, 2014). "How Illegal Cigarettes Get Smuggled and Sold in New York City". Vice. Retrieved November 16, 2015.