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.
New Regulations Grandfather Boston Cigar Bars – Cigar Aficionado
Boston has a long history of civic disobedience; the Boston Tea Party and Abolitionism being two examples. Boston also has a history for crushing its inhabitants’ rights: the second-class status of the Irish around 1900 and a major crackdown on entertainment deemed uncouth during the mid-twentieth century.
Right now Boston is experiencing a revival of both the rebel and the authoritarian. On the rebel side you have cigar bar owners protesting and writing letters to their mayor, Thomas Menino, pleading with him not to outlaw their businesses. Boston already has outlawed smoking in bars and restaurants and now the have their sights set on outlawing smoking in cigar bars.
On the authoritarian side is the city’s Boston Public Health Commission. They have already preliminarily voted to ban smoking in cigar bars and all they have to do is officially pass the law tomorrow.