3 Jan 2014
As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other items of interest. Below is our latest Friday Sampler.
1) It is no longer legal to smoke in Boston’s outdoor parks. The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously in favor of the regulation, which impacts all 251 public parks in Boston. “The ban makes it illegal to smoke cigarettes, marijuana, or any other material on properties controlled by the Parks and Recreation Department,” reports Boston Magazine. “Breaking the new law, which goes into effect immediately, is punishable by a $250 fine, and will be enforced by park rangers and officers from the Police Department.” The law was first proposed by Mayor Tom Menino who, despite a complete lack of evidence that outdoor secondhand smoke is harmful, says it is “necessary to maintain the health and safety of our public parks.”
2) Aside from Boston, a host of other smoking bans took effect yesterday, including a near-complete ban for the affluent community of Coronado, California. “In addition to banning smoking on most public property—including all public streets, highways, alleys, sidewalks, and parking lots—the ordinance bans smoking on public or private property within 25 feet of an enclosed building,” reports the NBC affiliate in San Diego. “It also bans smoking on private property that is open to the general public for an event, for recreational purposes, or if the private property is serving as a service area such as an ATM, ticket line, or parking stand.” A first offense will be met with a $100 fine.
3) Around the Blogs: Cigar Fan examines the San Cristobal Elegancia Pyramid. Stogie Review tries the Asylum 13 Sixty. Stogie Fresh reviews the EH Cultura. Nice Tight Ash lists the best cigars of 2013. Cigar Inspector checks out La Aroma de Cuba Robusto.
4) Deal of the Week: Our friends at Emerson’s Cigars have a great deal on tap for you Drew Estate/Joya de Nicaragua fans out there. For just under $160, you get a box of 21 CyB Lonsdale Clubs, an Undercrown Toro 6-pack, and an Undercrown hat. If, like us, you love these blends, this is a hard deal to pass up. Check out the details here.
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