The Sad Plight of Cigar Smokers

Today I watched a bit of the Yankees celebratory parade at lunch with some friends here in New York. We decided to enjoy a short cigar before heading back to the office.

Outside, of course—New York has a pretty strict smoking ban.

It was a bit cool, but not too cold, and we lit our smokes and puffed away. After a minute or two we were joined by another man from the same eatery. He had his own cigar, a machine-made smoke without a band. It looked like it could be a White Owl. He lit up and smiled, happy to have some smoking company.

“What are you smoking?” I asked.

“Ah, it’s nothing special,” he said. He explained how he used to smoke better cigars, but traded down because he has no where to smoke them, and typically only gets in a handful of puffs before tossing his cigar.

Sad state of affairs.

It was just a bit ironic that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was the one handing out the keys to the city to the New York Yankees. Mayor Bloomberg, just elected to a third term after changing the term limits that would prohibit such a thing, was the one to usher in New York’s smoking ban.

Have smoking bans forced you to change what you smoke—or where you smoke?

Nick Lisewych Lynnwood, WA November 8, 2009 11:37pm ET
1) Not at all.2) Absolutely. When the smoking ban passed in Washington State back in 2005, the law even affected smoke shops and cigar lounges. The only place I can smoke indoors these days is in my garage or at one of the local Indian casinos.Side note:I'm attending my first Big Smoke next weekend...I can't wait.
Pete Noel Medford, November 11, 2009 8:40am ET
They haven't changed what I smoke or where I smoke. By the time I started smoking cigars, smoking was already prohibited in bars and restaurants. I don't smoke in my house out of respect for my wife. The only places I've realy smoked indoors are casinos, cigar lounges or the occassional friends house that also smokes cigars.
Travis Russell North Carolina February 18, 2010 10:35am ET
I have not changed what I smoke but definitely where I smoke. There were several establishments my wife and I would visit for an evening of sports and cigars, but no more. We now smoke at home, or our vacation place at a nearby lake where we have a great deck and lots of friends to share cigars with. I stopped going to the bars because I cannot smoke anymore, so no reason to go!

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