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Exploding Graydon Back on the Butts

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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SMOKED OUT Carter With the exclusive photos of Suri Cruise under his belt, and a new publisher at his side, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter kicked off the season smelling like a winner. But privately, Radar has learned, he carries the whiff of defeat.

After making a glorious stink about finally giving up his habit, the be-winged Canadian was recently caught puffing a Camel on his way out of the Diane von Furstenberg show at Bryant Park.

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"He just put it in his mouth like he was waiting for everyone to start snapping pictures," says an onlooker. "It was like a photo op." Perhaps he was trying to make a statement; after all, even after quitting, Carter remained one of the most vocal critics of the New York City smoking ban, which he derided as "asinine" and quasi-fascist.

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