Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Gen. Tommy Franks, Nov/Dec 03
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One of the joys of life is celebrated bimonthly with the arrival of your magazine, which I read while enjoying a fine cigar.
I agree wholeheartedly with your editorial in the August issue, which points out how unfair smoking laws limit one of our long-held freedoms. A restrictive bar and restaurant antismoking law was passed recently in our Canadian city of London, Ontario, and similar bylaws are being passed or have been passed in most other cities in Canada. All of these laws are far-reaching, provide for no exceptions and have ignored significant and vocal displays of resistance. They virtually criminalize smoking in public. As a lawyer and citizen, I am greatly offended by this.
How ironic, then, that I recently had the good pleasure of enjoying a fine Cuban cigar in the lobby of the Havana Hilton Hotel in Cuba. I had thought that democracies represented and respected human freedom and communism did not. In this instance, I guess I was wrong.
As a regular reader of Cigar Aficionado over quite a few years, I am constantly wondering about American politicians. They allow Americans to fight wars for liberation and freedom all over the world (thank you for that), but they won't allow the same Americans the freedom to light up a cigar at home—in peace. What's the idea?
For most of my 59 years, I have had the American way of life and freedom as a kind of ideal contrary to Denmark's narrow laws, except in tobacco matters (where we only have a law against advertising). I just don't understand how things could go that wrong in a country with the ideals of freedom that America has. They are ideals that most of the world is jealous about.