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cignews810 It seems as if the cigar and smoking industry never sleeps, and there is always some news to report. Today is no different, and we have two recent happenings to report. First up is news of a ban that will affect those in San Antonio. Finishing things off is a story on how some New York retailers are struggling to stay afloat amidst new anti-tobacco legislation.

San Antonio Smoking Ban Receives Approval


Smokers in San Antonio, Texas, received some bad news last week as they learned that its city council approved a smoking ban that would change the local landscape for cigar fans and others like them. Although the ban proposal was initially introduced about four months ago, the city council's final decision came after over four hours that consisted of listening to feedback from the public as well as deliberation amongst its members. In the end, the council voted 7-4 in favor of the ban.

Although the approved ban will definitely change the way many businesses are run, a one-year grace period was granted to help the transition. Thus, the ban will be enforced beginning on August 19, 2011, exactly one year after the council's approval vote. Places where smoking will be prohibited include: restaurants, bars, comedy clubs, pool halls, bingo parlors, the San Antonio Zoo, pavilions and playgrounds within city parks, within 20 feet of outdoor public transportation stations for buses, etc., and in hotels or motels, unless within a room specifically reserved for smoking.

The ban does compromise with its opponents, however, and offers some exemptions. Smoking will be allowed in some of San Antonio's popular attractions such as the River Walk, Alamo Plaza, and Main Plaza. Patrons of bars and restaurants will be able to smoke in outdoor patios of such establishments. Private clubs, such as those for American Legions can allow smoking, as can retail tobacco stores. Smoking will also be allowed in outdoor service lines, areas of city parks that are not playgrounds or pavilions, and other outdoor areas within the city where no non-smoking signs are present. Finally, people can smoke in their private residences, as long as they do not use them as any type of child care or health care facility.

The fines for violating the smoking ban are far from light. A first offense can net a $200 fine, while a second offense can cost up to $500. Those that offend the ban three times or more can potentially see fines of up to $2,000. Enforcing the ban will require manpower, signage, and more, which could place an economic burden on the city.


0 # New York taxesJJ in Buffalo 2010-09-04 14:06
The high tax was inevitable since Albany cannot seem to get its act together on a budget. They've cut social services, police and fire in an unsuccessful attempt to deliver a budget.

As a result, cigarettes are nearly $10 a pack. Having quit smoking cigarettes two years ago, I initially didn't think more than "Holy Sh*t" at the price. I have since started smoking cigars and have found buying them online is significantly cheaper with the tax gluttons none the wiser. The same cigar online is almost half the price per stick.

The health argument is strong here and everywhere. There are extremely graphic TV spots to encourage people to stop smoking. I initially quit due to my health. I'm a Type 1 diabetic with kidney problems.

Why did I start smoking again? Cigars are my one vice. I don't have space to list my medical problems but, trust me, I don't do anything else. I barely even drink any more. If a cigar a day puts me in my grave, it's far more acceptable to me!

I've always said, "Ex-smokers are far worse than non-smokers." For some reason they are far more bitter about their addiction. Anyway, I've rambled off the subject here. New Yorkers have a bumper sticker, "Born Free, Taxed to Death." The government in NY is desperate to tax us to death, be it tobacco or gasoline. I don't know where it's going to stop. But I still see a large number of people lighting up wherever they can.

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