Smoking Laws Gone Wild, Part 2

A long, long time ago when smoking was accepted in our great land and my dad was able to buy all of his power tools in the Montgomery Ward department store without having to extinguish his green dog-rocket, there were … Read More

Nebraska/Kentucky

Nebraska We’ve kept you informed about the efforts in Nebraska to once again allow cigar smoking.  It is now officially legal again for the state’s cigar bars.  Governor Pete Ricketts signed the emergency bill late last week that reinstates the … Read More

Moving legislation

The Cigar Rights of America is busy right now.  Legislatures across the country are back in session and there is the new session of Congress.  Lots of places to look for legislation aimed at screwing cigar smokers.  But as I … Read More

Moving Ahead

Last week I told you about the legislation moving through Nebraska to once again allow smoking at cigar bars and in tobacco shops.  Well that bill has now moved forward. It came out of the state legislature’s general affairs … Read More

Cornhusker Fighting

This week in Nebraska, the Cigar Rights of America is giving testimony in efforts to let Nebraska’s cigar bars and cigar shops keep smoking.  Last year, a state Supreme Court decision ruled the legislative exemptions to allow smoking was against … Read More

Et Tu Kentucky?

Apparently Kentucky is eying tobacco as a way of increasing revenues for the state.  A tax bill introduced into the House (HB132) makes a lot of changes to the commonwealth’s tobacco taxes. First up is a dollar a pack … Read More

No More Nebraska Smoking

Well, the reprieve for Nebraska’s cigar bars was very short lived.  Last month, the state liquor commission allowed the state’s 12 cigar bars to renew their smoking  that expired on Halloween.  The renewal was because the state’s attorney general … Read More

Nebraska still smokin for now

Back around Labor Day, I told you about how Nebraska’s cigar bars were going to have to shut down.  Seems an Omaha pool hall challenged the smoking ban and ended up getting all the exemptions removed especially for the state’s … Read More

Still Smoking in Lubbock

Last week, the Lubbock city council was supposed to vote on a new smoking ban but instead the vote was postponed indefinitely.  Not for any really good reason, but because the people in favor of the ban wanted more … Read More

WHO’s in charge?

Ok as I sit here in Ebola Central—fortunately for me the people who are being watched and the guy who has it live several miles away.  Still way too close.  Anyway, so what is making news from the World Health … Read More

More Evidence

We’ve often heard that smoking bans do not impact business.  Right.  Witness the catastrophic failure of Downing Street in Houston,  the cigar bar that went smoke free in February and was out of business by May.  Or the casino in … Read More

Smoke ’em

There was a bit of bright news late last week. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have banned smoking in all state parks and would have severely limited smoking on the state’s beaches.  The fines … Read More

No Exceptions

Who couldn’t have seen this coming?  Well probably most of the cigar industry.  In many talks with people about smoking bans and why we should always fight them, often many of the people in the business will say, I won’t … Read More

The Science is Settled

You hear that a lot when the other side talks about tobacco.  But is it really?  Remember when ulcers were thought to be caused by spicy food and instead were the result of bacteria that simple antibiotics could cure?  Well … Read More

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