We could post a story on this website almost every day about another new smoking ban taking effect somewhere, but that would get tiresome in a hurry. However, an occasional reference may be needed as a reminder that smoking bans are rapidly becoming more restrictive in more places, even in places custom made especially for smokers, the great outdoors, and private residences and vehicles, too. Most of these bans are aimed at cigarette smokers, but cigar and pipe smokers are also being affected. Take for example the ban on smoking pipes
at a pipe smokers' convention in Illinois. This is the same state law that nixed Cigar Aficionado's
Big Smoke in Chicago earlier this year. But wait, there's more. Boca Raton
in South Florida has prohibited smoking at three major beach parks, and they are planning to ban smoking at even more outdoor places.
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Larry Monte's
cigar emporium is now the latest target for an antismoking zealot. And by the way, Larry Monte happens to be a big supporter of our Cigars For Troops Program
. So let's ask a simple question, why would anyone want to ban cigar smoking in a place that was built just for cigar smokers? If you know the answer to that question, post it in the "comments" below.