Boston Cigar Bars Live On… For Another 10 Years

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

Regulate Cigar Sales to Prevent Pot Smoking?

OK, some people are just dumb. Unbeknown to me, potheads buy cigars, hollow them out, and then stuff marijuana in them to create a “blunt.” Obviously this is a huge problem ranking up there with Somali pirates, genocide in Darfur, a nuclear Iran, a tanking global economy, and figuring out what to do with Jay Leno after he leaves The Tonight Show.

But is outlawing the sale of single cigars (the smoke-Nazi crusader is proposing, you guessed it, forcing retailers to sell cigars in five packs – related story) going to stop pot smokers? Do I even need to answer that question?

Here’s part of the original story:

Hidden among the discussion surrounding Wednesday’s vote on a strengthened smoking ban is addendum Item No. 13 on the council’s final docket of the year, which includes a whopping 151 items. This item addresses the sale of individual cigars, long the bane of Dwaine Caraway’s existence, along with saggy pants and public speakers.

The new ordinance would prohibit the sale of individual cigars and require cigars to be sold in packages of at least five, with a penalty of no more than $500 awaiting the perpetrator. Notably, it doesn’t apply to cigars sold in tobacco shops or other businesses.

So what’s Caraway’s beef then? Well, he knows it’s hard to make a blunt without a cigar, so this is his answer to stopping the practice in his district. Heck, it even lists “public safety improvements and crime reduction” as the key focus area on the item.