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Yeah, I’m Smokin’ a Cigar .. So What?

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It happened again. And it’s really beginning to tick me off.

I’m driving around my town, which is a great place to live. Unfortunately, it’s populated with a bunch of … what’s the word for them anymore? … oh yeah … progressives.

Too bad they’re not progressive when it comes to the rights of those who choose to smoke cigars. I won’t bore you with details; suffice it to say, a lot of the people around here would love it if the concept of the cigar (and cigarettes) were wiped off the face of the Earth.

Anyhow, I’m driving around in the relative privacy of my crossover, enjoying a just-bought stogie from one of my favorite tobacconists. Minding my business. Not really having the stereo cranked up or anything. Not invading anyone else’s space with my cigar. Just being a respectful citizen.

I did not believe the number of stares I got while I was enjoying my cigar. The range of emotions ranged from rolling of the eyes to outright disgust.

Until they pull my cigar out of my cold, dead hands, I’ll smoke wherever it is still legally permissible—an area that is shrinking ever so rapidly. I don’t roll my eyes at people who do things of which I disapprove. Like, shut your damn kids up. It’s called discipline; use it. Also, get out of the left lane; it’s for passing, not going 15 m.p.h. under the limit (just happened to me last week).

I could go on. And on. And on.

Hey, we all don’t approve of what everyone else does. When it comes to cigar smokers, though, it evidently has become okay to publicly show displeasure towards them .. us. When did this happen? Was I asleep? No, I can’t sleep, because you won’t shut your kids up. Although I could fall asleep behind this idiot in front of me who’s doing 25 in a 40 … in the left lane!

Do you get these kinds of reactions? How have you dealt with them, if at all? Let us know in the comments below. I’m looking for new ideas on how to address these judgmental idiots.

Bob Woods is the Publisher and Managing Editor of all sites in the Stogie’d Network, including Stogie’d. You can reach him by e-mail or Twitter via the links in the extreme right-hand column. He’s not extreme right; his contact information is located on the extreme right.

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About Bob Woods

A cigar lover for many years, Bob is combining his appreciation for cigars with his experience and expertise in a wide variety of digital-related areas with Stogie'd. When he's not working on Stogie'd, Bob is creating all kinds of content for his company, CruxBridge Media. He is also vice president/general manager of Electric Advisors, Inc.'s residential division.


  1. Mark says:

    i don’t get that to much here in Melbourne, Australia i will generally spark up a cigar after having a meal in an open air restaurant and in fact many people have made positive comment on the aroma, there was one restaurant my wife and i where at late last year that asked me not to smoke my cigar as it was offending the other smokers in the smoking area of there restaurant (outdoors) to which my reply was when this becomes a non smoking area i will not smoke here and i find the rancid smell of there cigarette smoke far more offensive then my cigar smoke so can you ask them to put out there cigarettes, ummm no i didn’t think so. The battle continues ! there are a few good restaurants her in Melbourne that are cigar friendly so we back the people that back us.


    • Bob Woods says:

      Good to hear things are better there than they are in many parts of the U.S. I remember when we were more like you all Down Under. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Mark says:

    Thing’s they are a changing. There are not to many of us cigar smokers here in Oz so we tend to band together, but here (as it is in the U.S. by the sounds of it) the pc (smoking will bring the end of days junkies !) are making moves to ban smoking pretty much everywhere.

    Many cigar lounges in the Melbourne CBD closed there doors a few years back when new laws where introduced to ban smoking in all licensed premise’s as a result of this us Aussie’s ( like our U.S. mates) have begun to organize a Cigar Smokers Rights Group, From what i have been told thus far the main aim is to educate the public and the politicians on Cigars and the people who smoke them, I’m not sure how the non smoking public in the U.S. perceive Cigar smoker’s but here in Australia the attitude is that a smoker is a smoker Cigar Smokers are bundled in to the same category as Cigarette smokers thus we are subjected to the same Idiotic taxes and boy are the taxes high ! . The group is in the prep stages at the moment with many of the “remaining retailers”, Cigar aficionado’s and Cigar advocates banding together to form what should be a great voice for Australian Cigar Smokers.



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