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Sanity Returning to New York?

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Some legislators in New York State may finally be recognizing that raising taxes doesn't automatically mean an increase in tax revenues. Those in the Empire State who buy cigars at tobacco shops and other retailers are currently socked with a 75% tariff on the wholesale price of cigars. That number skyrocketed from 46% last August, thanks to a move by the state legislature. My, how half a year can change things. Now on the assembly side, Michelle Shimel and Michael DenDekker are … [Read more...]

NYC and Boston: Updates

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In the respective wakes of a recently expanded smoking ban in New York City and a proposed increase in the size of a ban in Boston, there's a bit of hope coming out of both cities that things won't be quite as bad as they seem. For the Big Apple, that belief comes from Mayor Michael Bloomberg (of all people). In Boston, the main newspaper comes up with an alternative to a total — some would say totalitarian — smoking ban in outdoor public recreation areas like parks and beaches. New York … [Read more...]

Philly, Boston Consider Outdoor Smoking Bans

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Philadelphia's "City of Brotherly Love" moniker apparently doesn't extend to those who enjoy a perfectly legal product. While Boston doesn't have a similar catchphrase, the same can be said of two councilors there. In Boston, Councilors Felix G. Arroyo and Salvatore LaMattina are, as the Boston Globe put it: ... proposing to ban smoking in public parks and beaches, carrying the decadeslong campaign to reduce tobacco use to some of the last remaining public spaces where lighting up is … [Read more...]

West Hollywood’s Expanding Smoking Ban

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Hot on the heels of New York City's expansion of its smoking ban to most outdoor areas comes news from the West Coast of a city trying to do much the same thing. West Hollywood, California's city council is examining the move "[i]n an effort to promote public health and limit exposure to second hand smoke," according to the city's official Website. Among other things, the legislation (in its current form) includes: Outdoor dining areas of restaurants would be covered, but outdoor … [Read more...]

Smokers Lose Even More in NYC

Fake highway sign: "New York City (Smokers not welcome)"

(UPDATED with reaction from Cigar Rights of America) // Residents of, and visitors to New York City have lost wide expanses of real estate where they can enjoy their perfectly legal product. The New York City Council voted yesterday to extend its already-strict indoor smoking ban to a wide expanse of outdoor areas in the city's 5 boroughs. By a vote of 36-12, the city will in 90 days start enforcing a ban on smoking in 1,700 city parks and 14 miles of public beaches. Boardwalks, marinas and … [Read more...]

Indiana House Passes Smoking Ban

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Smokers in the state of Indiana are one step closer to having the PC Patrol stub out their cigars and cigarettes, as a proposal to ban smoking in many of the state's workplaces took one step closer to becoming law. Exemptions are in line, though, for bars, casinos, tobacco retailers and other establishments. The Indiana state House voted 68-31 on Monday to enact the bill, which now moves to the state Senate for consideration. Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, has proposed several anti-smoking … [Read more...]

Neighbor Sues over Secondhand Smoke

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As if there weren't enough proof already of the PC Patrol's significant presence in New York City ... A co-op–dwelling family is suing their neighbor for $2 million dollars, over claims of damage from secondhand smoke. According to the New York Post, Russell and Amanda Poses say their neighbor has made their lives miserable with his cigar smoking. The Poses also reportedly have a son who has asthma. They also claim they lose sleep and suffer from headaches, chest pains and respiratory … [Read more...]

Exemptions Proposed for Indiana Smoking Ban

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Those who are concerned about smokers' rights in Indiana may have a "you win two; you lose the big one" situation on their hands. If a Wednesday night meeting is any indication, smoking in public places may be banned in the Hoosier state, but the state's casinos and cigar bars might be exempted. Indiana officials have for some time now wanted to ban smoking in public areas, including restaurants and bars. A major bone of contention, though, has been over the question of banning smoking in the … [Read more...]

Spain Bans Public Smoking

Spain - Smoking Ban

Confusion and surprise are being felt in Spain, as a stricter nationwide ban on smoking in public places firmly takes hold. But smokers in the European Union nation are said to be generally complying with the new law. Up until last Sunday, a number of loopholes existed in the previous ban that enabled smokers to light up in bars and restaurants, as long as the owners of the establishments allowed it. Now, though, the PC Patrol in the guise of the Spanish government has trampled on a person's … [Read more...]

Indiana Wants Me .. to Not Smoke in Public

Indiana - Proposed Smoking Ban

The latest statewide battlefront for the rights of smokers is Indiana, and those who enjoy the legal product of tobacco are currently on the losing end of the conflict. Four efforts in the past to pass public smoking bans at the state level have failed; previously, those bans have included exemptions. The most-recent effort in 2009, by state Representative Charlie Brown, D-Gary, died in a state Senate committee after being passed by the House. This time around, though, Brown's proposed … [Read more...]

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