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Stogie News: A Smelly Cure Worse than the Disease

27 Jun 2007

Here at, we make no secret of our distaste for fascist smoking bans.

We see the issue as one of personal freedom and responsibility, where private property owners should be free – but never compelled – to enforce bans. What’s more, the flimsy “science” used to justify such laws is flawed at best.

But for all the writing we’ve done on the negative consequences of forced smoking bans, there’s one that has been completely overlooked: smoke makes bars smell better.

At least that’s what one English company is banking on. Ambius, which is in the business of providing ambiance for workplaces, is now selling Glade-like devices that smell like apples, crisp cotton, and roses to bars across the U.K.

Why now? As an Ambius executive explains, once the countrywide ban on indoor smoking goes into effect on July 1, the smoke that once covered up smells like stale beer and filthy patrons in centuries-old pubs will be gone, leaving bars smelling like…well, bars.

“Most people think with all this smoke going away everything is going to be fine and dandy,” Jeff Mariola, managing director of Ambius, told Reuters. “The reality is, when you remove the odor, you are left with what you couldn’t smell…it’s going to hit everyone right in the face.”

A bit ironic, don’t you think? One of the main reasons paternalistic do-gooders support government-imposed smoking bans is because “smoke stinks.”

Apparently not as bad as the customers themselves – at least in England, anyways.

Patrick A

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5 Responses to “Stogie News: A Smelly Cure Worse than the Disease”

  1. Danny B Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 5:35 am #

    Fee fi fo fum. I smell a smelly Englishman.

    Fee fi fo neeth. Maybe he should brush his teeth.

  2. Marianne Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 5:37 am #

    Well, cigars certainly smell better than smokeless English pubs, but I don't know about cigarettes.

    Either way, I agree with you. It should be left to the private business owners to decide.

  3. Cigar Jack Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 5:57 am #

    Yeah Ohio now has a rather strict smoking ban. I've seen a couple new bars open downtown that have HUGE outdoor areas now and those places are packed. Here in Cincinnati we can easily go across the river and those bars are getting flooded with smoking refugees.

  4. Livius S Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 7:25 am #

    Ha… you stogie smokers are as bad as non smokers… always putting us cigarette smokers down… its ok to smoke a cigar… but not a cigarette… what a bunch of bull shit

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    […] 1. We wholeheartedly encourage private property owners to find ways around government-imposed smoking bans, and this has got to be the most creative way yet. A bar in England is transforming itself into an official embassy for a tiny Caribbean island, rendering it immune to many intrusive U.K. laws – including a nationwide smoking ban. But that’s not even the best part. The pub will also be exempt from England’s high taxes on alcoholic beverages and therefore able to sell drinks at rock-bottom prices. […]