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Stogie Guys Friday Sampler XXVII

19 Jan 2007

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. We call ‘em Friday Samplers. Enjoy.

obama1) In the interest of seeing who actually supports and who opposes smoking restrictions, we further looked into that Bangor, Maine City Council vote to ban smoking in vehicles with children. You’ll remember this story from last week’s sampler. According to the Bangor paper, the vote was 6-3. Now, the council is nominally nonpartisan, but, naturally, most members are politically affiliated. The three who opposed the measure were one Democrat, one Republican, and one politician who emailed to say that he has “not been enrolled in any party for many years.”

Cigar Deal2) Tuesday’s commentary noted the article by Professor Thomas Lambert titled “The Case Against Smoking Bans” from the winter issue of Regulation Magazine. At the time that issue wasn’t yet online, but now it is (we’re so far ahead of the curve). You can download the article for yourself here (warning pdf).

3) Here’s a tip: Wanna sound Presidential? Smoke! That’s what this article from Slate says is part of Barack Obama’s charm. The story also says that smoking helped Johnny Cash maintain his iconic sound.

4) Sometimes it’s easy to get down with the enactment of so many smoking bans. Fortunately, if history tells us anything, it’s that these smoking bans don’t usually last. As Abigail Cutler notes in this article from the Atlantic Monthly, since Pope Urban VIII in 1624, people have tried to ban smoking. And, as she further notes, each smoking ban seems to end up in the ashtray of history.

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2 Responses to “Stogie Guys Friday Sampler XXVII”

  1. Mac and Nudo Friday, January 19, 2007 at 9:07 am #

    That Cato study, "The Case Against Smoking Bans," is really excellent. I have it printed out and hanging from my bulletin board at work. Everyone should give it a read when they have a chance.

  2. Robby Friday, January 19, 2007 at 10:15 am #

    Regarding item 4,

    Pope Urban, Ayatollas, Russian Czars and Hitler… wow those anti-smokers are in good company!