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Monday, 11 October 2010

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cignews108 Welcome to October's first edition of smoking news. Today we will see how one baseball team's lighting of victory cigars sparked controversy, as well as discuss the disbanding of one cigar brand, and two new smoking laws that have been approved.

Cincinnati Reds' cigar celebration disgruntles some viewers

There's nothing like popping bottles of champagne and lighting up stogies to celebrate a huge sports victory. While many members of the Cincinnati Reds' baseball team took part in this typical celebration during the last week of September after beating the Houston Astros 3-2 on the way to clinching the National League Central Division title, some viewers who watched the celebration on television were not in such a celebratory mood. In fact, five viewers essentially tattled on the players, and now the Reds' must watch how they celebrate, if they are so lucky to do so again during this year's playoffs.

Bob Castellini, owner of the Reds, was the person mainly responsible for handing out the victory cigars to his players and staff. This seemingly harmless act was actually a violation of the Ohio Clean Indoor Air Act, since it took place at Cincinnati's ball own Great American Ball Park within the team's clubhouse. Apparently the five viewers were aware of this and likely anti-smoking, and they called the Cincinnati Health Department to report the violations.

Although video of the indoor smoking is available, the Reds are in the clear for now for a few reasons. First, an official inspector was not on the premises to actually see the violations occur. Second, video and photographic evidence cannot be used, as covered under the statute. Third, since all five of the callers complained anonymously, they cannot be interviewed as actual witnesses. Perhaps they should have thought of that when calling in, and they should have left their contact information if they truly wanted the Reds to pay the price.






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