Big smoke derivation

Posted by Bruce Kahl on January 25, 2002

In Reply to: Big smoke derivation posted by tom lloyd on January 25, 2002

: Does anyone know the derivation of "The Big Smoke?" Did it ever refer to just one city?

: Thank you

Could you give us/me some context of how your phrase is used?
Here in the NY area groups of men rent out restaurants, drink heavily, eat steaks, watch football games and smoke cigars and these events are called "Big Smokes" but I think you must mean something else.