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Local tobacconist founds international group for women cigar afficionadas
08-25-2014 | Wisconsin |
Mary Lynn Kane, owner of Lake Country Cigars in Delafield with her husband Don, started the International Women's Cigar Society to draw attention to an important subset of the cigar consumer market. She encourages manufacturers and retailers to take note....

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Stubbed Out
08-22-2014 | Federal |
The Fakih brothers from the Cigar Inn, Charlie Minato from Halfwheel, and Glynn Loope from Cigar Rights of America give a three-point rundown of the absurdity of the FDA's proposed regulation of premium cigars....

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Ohio casinos: Smoke while you gamble
08-12-2014 | Ohio |
Smokers may soon enjoy a patio with slot machines at the otherwise smoke-free Horseshoe Cincinnati, pending regulatory approval. This would add a prospective $3 million in tax revenue and level competition with the state's racinos and riverboat casinos....

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Vermont's Tobacco Heritage Explored In New Book
07-27-2014 | Vermont |
[BOOK REVIEW] The now little known history of Vermont's tobacco farms, which thrived from the late 19th to the mid 20th centuries, is documented in a book by D. & D. Cahill, 'Tobacco Sheds: Vanishing Treasures of the Connecticut River Valley'. ...

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FDA cigar proposal has Ohioans seeing smoke
07-18-2014 | Ohio |
As the August 8 deadline for public comment on the FDA deeming regulations on other tobacco products (including premium cigars) approaches, Stephen Koff explores the concerns of both consumers and retailers in the face of a sea of new federal regulations....

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FDA cigar proposal has Ohioans seeing smoke
07-18-2014 | Federal |
As the August 8 deadline for public comment on the FDA deeming regulations on other tobacco products (including premium cigars) approaches, Stephen Koff explores concerns of both consumers and retailers in the face of a sea of proposed federal regulations...

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South Bend City Council votes 5-4 against proposed ban on smoking inside bars
07-15-2014 | Indiana |
Bar owners in South Bend celebrated a victory over a proposed smoking ordinance that would have extended the statewide smoking ban to the city's bars. Councilwoman Valerie Schey, an original sponsor of the ordinance, decided to side with business owners....

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FDA regulation of cigars spells doom for simple pleasure
07-11-2014 | Florida |
Cigar enthusiasts have until August 8 of this year to show their support for Tampa's standing in the premium cigar manufacturing world. Tampa's Democratic Representative Kathy Castor is fiercely defending the city's legacy against proposed FDA regulation....

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VIDEO: FDA regulations threaten last U.S. cigar makers
07-09-2014 | Florida |
A tour through the J.C. Newman Cigar Co.'s factory in Tampa. Eric Newman, President, explains how the FDA's proposed regulations could topple the last-man-standing of Cigar City's cigar manufacturers....

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Nixon signs legislation exempting Ameristar from smoking ban
07-09-2014 | Missouri |
Governor Jay Nixon exempted the Ameristar casino from any future countywide smoking ban. Had the ban included the casino, it was expected that the state would lose millions of dollars in tax revenue because of lowered anticipated attendance....

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Bingo operation challenges Berkeley County smoking ban
07-01-2014 | West Virginia |
Berkeley County issued a temporary restraining order to allow smoking at Big Bucks Bingo while the 23rd Circuit Judge reviews state code to determine the legality of applying a recent clean air ordinance to gaming facilities such as Big Bucks....

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Proposed regulations could threaten Tampa's last cigar factory
06-30-2014 | Florida |
J.C. Newman Cigar Co.'s 130 employees have a lot to lose if the FDA's proposed regulations concerning premium cigars pass unchecked. To protect their employees and preserve Ybor City's rich history, the company launched a Save Cigar City campaign....

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VIDEO: FDA Regulations would Close Cigar City
06-30-2014 | Florida |
Despite having survived a tax hike that put ten Tampa cigar factories out of business several years ago, J.C. Newman Cigar Co.'s future is uncertain as a result of proposed FDA regulations, which could dismantle the company and its 119 year history...

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Tampa’s oldest cigar family in fight with FDA for survival
06-26-2014 | Florida |
The FDA's deeming regulations released this April would place a momentous burden on cigar manufacturers like Tampa's J.C. Newman Cigar Co. The added costs could be catastrophic: JCN estimates that 5,000 hours would go into testing just one product....

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VIDEO: Future of Ybor City cigar company threatened by new proposed FDA regulations
06-25-2014 | Florida |
J.C. Newman Cigar Company in Tampa, FL, whose history spans more than 100 years, is the only remaining factory of the more than 150 that once filled Tampa and gave it its name, Cigar City. If left unchecked, proposed FDA regulations could usher its demise...

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Cigar smokers, watch out: Column
06-22-2014 | Federal |
Pre-market approval of new products, as proposed in the FDA's recent deeming regulations, could have a paralyzing effect on the premium cigar industry, which prides itself in seasonal variety. A $10 per stick minimum would further limit availability....

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Ruling could nullify smoking bans in three central Ky. counties
06-20-2014 | Kentucky |
Kentucky's Supreme Court ruled that a Bullit County smoking ban was unenforceable because it had been enacted by the county's health department, not by elected councils. Woodford, Madison, and Clark county all have similar bans, which are now under review...

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IDAHO HISTORY: Cigar stores, smoking were big part of Idahoans' lives
06-01-2014 | Idaho |
A history of some of Idaho's elegant late 19th and early 20th century cigar stores, as well as of national smoking habits and costs....

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Nebraska Supreme Court hears arguments over smoking ban exemptions
05-28-2014 | Nebraska |
Nebraska's Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday and will decide whether the state-wide smoking ban enacted in 2009 will be upheld in its entirety, in part, or not at all. The fate of 11 cigar bars--exempted in the 2009 ban--hangs in the balance...

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Nebraska Supreme Court to hear state smoking case: Cigar bars on the chopping block
05-27-2014 | Nebraska |
In 2009 Nebraska passed a state-wide smoking ban that included exemptions for cigar bars like Safari Cigars (Omaha). Now Nebraska's Supreme Court must decide if last September's ruling by District Judge Jodi Nelson overturning the exemptions will prevail....

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Will the Nanny State Target Cigars Next?
05-08-2014 | Federal |
Struggling with the question of whether premium cigars are different (or different enough) to be exempted and mischaracterizing many of their presumed dangers, the FDA's deeming regulations could slow the introduction of new cigars to a slither....

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F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes
04-24-2014 | Federal |
Cigars, along with other forms of tobacco not previously under the FDA's regulatory authority will be subject to regulation if the FDA's proposed rule is approved unchanged. The FDA will seek public comment on whether to treat premium cigars differently....

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FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes
04-24-2014 | Federal |
The FDA's proposed rule to regulate cigars as well as e-cigarettes 'starts the process that will give [the FDA] the authority to actually get out there and regulate e-cigarettes'. In other words, more restrictions are looming if the FDA gets its way....

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FDA proposes extending its oversight of tobacco
04-24-2014 | Federal |
Among the slew of proposed FDA regulations soon to be released affecting e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah, and others, manufacturers would have to disclose the ingredients in their products for approval before they could be sold....

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U.S. FDA moves to ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors
04-24-2014 | Federal |
'The...proposal would include e-vaping products and other tobacco products, but premium cigars may be excluded....One option...is to regulate them all. The other is to define a category of premium cigars that would not be subject to the FDA's authority' ...

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Dozens of speakers debate proposed smoking ban
04-17-2014 | West Virginia |
Speakers on both sides of the Berkeley County Health Department's proposed smoking ban raised concerns at an April 16 public forum. Those in favor of protecting business owners' rights included several bar owners and Glynn Loope, CRA Executive Director....

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VIDEO Community Voiced Opinions About Proposed Smoking Ban
04-17-2014 | West Virginia |
VIDEO and transcript: A recap of Wednesday night's open forum discussing a proposed expansion to a 2001 Berkeley County smoking ban. Voters have until April 19 to comment on the ordinance before the Board of Health votes on May 6....

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Berkeley Co. council opposes smoking ordinance
04-11-2014 | West Virginia |
A proposed revision to a 2001 smoking ordinance was unanimously voted against by Berkeley County Councilmembers. The ordinance is currently up for public comment. On May 6 the Board of Health will convene to discuss and possibly vote on the proposal....

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Smoking ban negatively affects liberty of St. Joseph residents
03-29-2014 | Missouri |
As St. Joseph's residents approach the ballot on April 8th in response to a proposed smoking ban, many sympathetic non-smokers are voicing support for the freedom of business owners to make decisions about their establishments....

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Beach smoking ban just a feel-good bill
03-28-2014 | New Jersey |
An Egg Harbor City resident deplores the restriction on personal freedom wrought by a beach-wide smoking ban recently passed by the state Assembly and suggests vain motives. The bill must pass the Senate and be approved by the governor to take effect....

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Bill to Let Florida Cities Ban Playground Smoking Is Stalled
03-27-2014 | Florida |
A bill that would allow cities to ban smoking in playgrounds, HB 309, has failed to progress through two committees and one subcommittee and is indefinitely stalled. ...

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Smoking policy now up for 30-day comment period
03-19-2014 | West Virginia |
Berkeley County's board members opened a thirty day comment period on a new indoor air quality regulation that would affect both some private establishments as well as other public spaces. Comments on the proposal will be received through April 19th, 2014...

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Both Sides of Smoking Ban Issue Campaign in Final Weeks
03-19-2014 | Missouri |
With less than a month to go before a proposed smoking ban goes to ballot in St. Joseph, both opponents and supporters of a smoking ban proposal are campaigning for support....

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Bill Sponsor: Tobacco Lobby Influencing Kentucky Statewide Smoking Ban Progress
03-02-2014 | Kentucky |
Spending by tobacco companies in lobbying expenses, coupled with inconsistent results regarding who supports Rep. Westrom's statewide smoking ban, are to blame for the bill being 'in limbo' after over three weeks since being introduced....

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Smoking Ban: 'Uphill Battle' in Kentucky House
02-26-2014 | Kentucky |
Three weeks have passed since Rep. Susan Westrom introduced a proposal for a statewide smoking ban in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The bill has yet to be voted on, and even supporters of the bill are skeptical about its being passed....

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Smoking Ban Bill May See House Floor This Week
02-17-2014 | Kentucky |
With voting in the House on a proposed statewide smoking ban looming ahead, there is still the possibility that last minute amendments will be made to the current bill....

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Supreme Court rejects broader Evansville smoking ban
02-11-2014 | Indiana |
Ruling that a smoking ban in Evansville unjustly applied to certain establishments but not others (namely, the Tropicana Casino), the Indiana Supreme Court decision was a win for some establishments that had previously been forced to comply with the ban....

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Tracking the 2014 session: Senate passes Smoke-Free Air Act
02-11-2014 | Alabama |
Alabama's Senate passed the Smoke-Free Air Act, introduced by Sen. Vivian Figures, with a 21 to 8 vote. An amendment proposed by Sen. Bill Hotzclaw exempting private clubs was approved in the final version. The bill will go to the House for vote....

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Whiskey and cigar bar to join other merchants at Ice House complex
02-07-2014 | Kentucky |
A new cigar and whiskey bar is in the works in Louisville at the former site of the Merchants Ice and Cold Storage building downtown. The venue will feature a fully ventilated humidor separate from the bar as well as a menu to pair with drinks and smokes....

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Deeming Regulations: ‘The 800-Pound Gorilla’
02-06-2014 | Federal |
FDA's deeming regulations affecting Other Tobacco Products, including cigars, are being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget. Once approved, a public comment period of up to 90 days will begin, preceding a final review before implementation....

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Smoking ban bill clears Kentucky House committee
02-06-2014 | Kentucky |
Proposed legislation for a statewide indoor and public places smoking ban (HB 173) introduced by Rep. Susan Westrom passed the House Health and Welfare Committee. Its sister Senate bill is expected to be heard soon. Tobacco is a key crop in Kentucky....

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Manhattan Beach moving to ban smoking citywide in public spaces
02-05-2014 | California |
The Manhattan Beach City Council voted to enact a citywide smoking ban in public spaces including outdoor dining areas. The ban is expected to be mostly self-enforcing. Mayor Howorth expects it to be 'a case where policy will influence public behavior.” ...

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New Smoking Rule Stirs Ire at Assembly
01-30-2014 | Alaska |
Debate over a proposed amendment to Sitka's Clean Indoor Air Act prohibiting bars and clubs from hosting non-smoking events open to minors caused the Assembly to defer action, pending evaluation by the Health Needs and Human Services Commission....

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Montana opinion: Smoking lounges should be widely accepted in state
01-30-2014 | Montana |
Despite offering safety, sanitation, and separation from the non-smoking public, Cascade County Health Department is targeting new smoking shelters built by Gold's Casino and Player's Casino. KC Palagi explains why these shelters should be supported....

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More women taking delight in a good cigar
01-25-2014 | Indiana |
A number of cigar bars, clubs, high end boutiques, and cigar manufacturers are recognizing women as a growing target market for cigars and developing products and menus geared toward them, including cigar and cocktail pairings, and cigar club memberships....

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Bills would expand Pa. smoking ban to all bars, casinos
01-22-2014 | Pennsylvania |
Two state legislators are seeking to expand Pennsylvania's Clean Indoor Air Act, passed five years ago. The measure would remove existing exemptions that allow smoking in casinos, tobacco shops, private clubs, and select private businesses....

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Great Falls casino smoking rooms involved in another lawsuit
01-19-2014 | Montana |
After having been approved by the Montana Department of Justice's Gambling Control Division two years ago, the legality of allowing gambling in smoking rooms of Great Falls casinos is being called into question by the selfsame division of the DOJ. ...

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St. Joseph council rejects indoor smoking ban
01-07-2014 | Missouri |
St. Joseph is likely to allow citizens to vote on a proposed smoking ban on all indoor public places (with some exceptions) that was rejected by the city council. Last November, the group Smoke-Free St. Joseph passed around a petition pushing for the ban....

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Regulatory fights loom large in 2014
12-29-2013 | Federal |
Among a full agenda of regulations originating from President Obama's administration--ranging from birth control to calorie-counts, the future of cigars and other forms of tobacco not currently being controlled by the FDA will be on the table in 2014....

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We Checked It Out: Cigar Bar and Smoking Rules
12-26-2013 | North Carolina |
The future downtown Burlington cigar bar Upmann's is expected to comply with the current statewide smoking law which prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants. A provision in the law exempts cigar bars and lounges that meet certain requirements....

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