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.