Tougher Smoking Restrictions in Dallas

If you live in Dallas and frequent a bar that allows you to smoke your favorite cigar you might need to start looking for a new place to light up. Dallas has passed a new regulation that forbids the smoking of tobacco products in establishments that do not at least get 15% of their gross revenue from tobacco sales meant to be smoked on location.

Dallas’ newly expanded smoking ordinance, which city officials will begin enforcing April 10, will allow smoking in bars only if they generate at least 15 percent of their gross revenue from the “sale or rental of tobacco, tobacco products, smoking implements, or smoking accessories for on-premises consumption.” That percentage had to exist as of last Wednesday.

Cigar bars exempt as Dallas expands smoking ordinance, but not all meet criteria – The Dallas Morning News

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.