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Stogie News: Annapolis Eyeing Statewide Smoking Ban

21 Feb 2007

When Maryland Senate Minority Leader David Brinkley – a politician who’s against the proposed statewide smoking ban – was asked if the law would finally come to fruition this year, he simply quipped, “It’ll happen.” The Republican from Frederick even went so far as to say “it’s inevitable.”

The dubiously-titled Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 would place the entire (OK, it’s not that big, but it’s still a state) Old Line State in the freedom-squelching ranks of sixteen other states, not to mention over 250 local governments, who have already adopted fascist smoking bans.

Five Maryland counties – Howard, Charles, Prince George’s, Montgomery, and Talbot, for those of you keeping score at home – currently have their own bans in place. And the Baltimore City Council is currently considering a city-wide ban, which they may vote on by the end of this month.

This is the third time Annapolis has tried to pass through a statewide ban. While nothing is certain, those in favor of controlling the actions of consenting adults and violating the property rights of business owners are not-so-cautiously optimistic.

Will this bill pass? “Absolutely,” says Delegate Barbara Frush.

It’s enough to make freedom-oriented citizens like myself sick. Fortunately, as a Virginian, I try not to spend too much time north of the Potomac River as it is. (Maybe just an evening game at Camden Yards every once and a while.)

Sadly, even if the ban does not pass this year, a quick look at the overly intrusive policies of Maryland’s government suggest it will sooner or later.

My advice to Marylanders? For now, smoke ‘em while you’ve got ‘em. Once the ban passes, I’ll be happy to have a drink and a cigar with you in The Commonwealth.

Patrick A


5 Responses to “Stogie News: Annapolis Eyeing Statewide Smoking Ban”

  1. Patrick A Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 4:42 am #

    I don't know if you all noticed, but — up until today's post — went more than a full week without mentioning smoking bans.

    These paternalistic laws can be a bit depressing. But, let's face it, when you write about cigars seven days a week, it's hard to not mention them.

  2. Matt Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 4:58 am #

    I did notice, and it was nice! Until I started reading StogieGuys I didn't hear much about smoking bans, except occasionally from Cigar Dave. Reading the posts here has got me scared, but maybe that's a good thing. Like you said – it's a bummer to read about but it's certainly necessary to shed the light; lest one day even us Virginians will wake up to smoking bans and not even know it!

  3. Reggie Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at 6:26 pm #

    I hope you guys all got a chance to celebrate "Ash" Wednesday properly.

    I don't know about you, but I bundled up and headed outside with a nice robusto.

    So is there actually a religious tie-in, or what?

  4. Jerry @ Stogie Revie Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 8:04 am #

    Not to depress my fellow MD citizens even more, not only does the State Wide smoking ban have a good chance of passing this year but also a nice 25% increase in tobacco tax is on the horizon as well to help pay for new programs. Question though, who will pay for these new programs when people stop buying their smokes in MD? Oh yeah, the difference will need to be made up by non-smokers. So please don't let non-smokers take the attitude of "I don't smoke, it doesn't affect me" cause when smokers take their business elsewhere, the money to fund these new programs will come from someplace else.

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  1. The Stogie Guys » Blog Archive » Stogie Guys Friday Sampler XXXII - Friday, February 23, 2007

    […] 4) As if instituting a state-wide smoking ban wasn’t enough, commenter Jerry from the Stogie Review adds that the anti-tobacco activists in the Maryland state government are also increasing the tobacco tax by 25%. That said, we’d like to invite all the Maryland cigar smokers to join their DC-friends over here in Northern Virginia, where – at least for the moment – you can still light up without being hassled by anti-smoking jack booted thugs. […]