Boston’s health Nazis voted yesterday to tighten tobacco laws in their grand city. Their new laws further regulate the sale of cigarettes and single cigars (I’m guessing to “protect the children”) but they did throw a bone to cigar smokers:
“We [cigar bar owners] look at it as good news,” said Brandon Salomon, an owner of the Cigar Masters cigar bar. “It gives us 10 years to step back, focus on the fact that we’re a niche market, and work with them [regulators] on that level of understanding.”
Salomon views the new regulations as a good example of city officials and the cigar industry working together to compromise.
“We communicated with them and they listened. They were able to see the human faces behind the businesses they were impacting,” said Salomon.
Great! So in ten years the jig will be up. No more cigar smoking in a public establishment, probably. I guess we could hope that Boston goes through another recession in ten years thereby forcing city officials to acquiesce in order to keep some tax revenues trickling in.
It’s just sad.