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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler VI

18 Aug 2006

In our ongoing effort to make as entertaining and reader-friendly as possible, each Friday we’ll post a sampler of quick cigar news and stogie-related snippets to tide you over for the weekend. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

1) Ah, even more Draconian smoking bans out of the vast socialist empire that is the Golden State. While there is no viable scientific evidence proving secondhand smoke is dangerous indoors, the City of San Diego yesterday made lighting up on its parks and beaches illegal.

2) For only the sixth time in 27 years, Macanudo announced it produced a crop worthy of vintage designation. Made from Connecticut Shade wrappers grown six years ago, the Macanudo Vintage 2000 line will hit tobacconists in late October and will be available in four sizes for $13 to $15 apiece.

3) As California embarrassingly leads the union in squelching smokers’ rights, there may be signs of hope emerging from Texas. A federal judge yesterday began weighing the legality of Austin’s smoking ban, a law that “has economically devastated many bars, live music venues, and pool halls, as well as their bartenders who have lost as much as half their tip income.” Indicating the case has merits, the judge issued a preliminary injunction for the plaintiffs.

4) On June 15, we told you about Mel Smith, a British actor who was barred from smoking a cigar onstage while he portrayed Winston Churchill due to a government-imposed ban on smoking in public places. We discussed the tragic irony of the situation:

Hitler’s beliefs about tobacco were nearly identical to that of today’s anti-smoking zealots, and he even advocated for the same public policy measures.

Well, in a recent Cigar Aficionado article, Smith was reported as quipping, “It would have delighted Adolf Hitler. [He], as you know, was anti-smoking. You couldn’t smoke at Adolf Hitler’s dining table, so he’d be pleased, wouldn’t he?”

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One Response to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler VI”

  1. Andy Friday, August 18, 2006 at 6:33 am #

    No smoking on beaches or on stage? What's the world coming to? At least you found a few positive developments to report…