Cigar Aficionado

California Ban Includes Tobacco Shop Smoking

The Cigar Rights of America is calling upon members to help fight a California Senate bill that, in an effort to tighten up the state's strict Smoke-Free Workplace law, includes a clause that would prohibit smoking in retail tobacco shops.

"[The legislation] is not just an assault on tobacco, but an assault on small business," said Glynn Loope, CRA's executive director.

Senate Bill 575 was introduced by Senator Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, with the intention of expanding the current workplace prohibition on smoking to include owner-operated business and eliminate the specified exemptions found in the current Smoke-Free Workplace law. The bill also seeks to clarify "confusion and hardship that can result from enactment or enforcement of disparate local workplace smoking restrictions."

Presently in California's workplaces, smoking is allowed in certain environments like tobacco shops, hotel lobbies, some bars and taverns, banquet rooms, warehouse facilities and employee break rooms. The bill would eliminate all these exemptions.

Check out www.cigarrights.org to sign the petition.

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"This country is out of control, if you don't smoke you don't belong in a cigar lounge , so to expand the no smoking in the work place bill to include cigar lounges is obsurd, taking away personal accountability of the people is nanny politics, little by little we are losing our freedoms and our rights to make our own choices, stay out of my life" —April 17, 2011 19:41 PM
"Our messiah Bloomy will save us all . . ." —March 23, 2011 13:08 PM
"because arnolds gone. he was a huge cigar hero!" —March 23, 2011 03:34 AM
"Soooo.... you can smoke Weed in CA in dispensaries, but not cigars in cigar shops?? how does that make sense? slowly chipping away at our rights" —March 23, 2011 00:23 AM
"If you can't smoke in a smoke shop or cigar bar, they might as well board up the doors and force the owner out. It soundslike another case of " No cigar rights of America. " Next they will say no drinking in bars. Mayor Bloomberg (NYC Mayor) must have visited the Left coast. Bring back the Terminator Mayor!" —March 22, 2011 21:35 PM
"3/22/11, With all the hysteria about smoking, one eventually realizes it has more to do with control. Chris' point about "nanny state" is well taken. Although we won't see a total ban in our lifetime, The best you can go for is a local issue on where you can smoke. I have disdain for any crusader, regardless of the cause. I'm in NJ and Bloomy has infected, not only neighboring states with this, but half the globe. Smoking in bars in Canada was banned 3 years ago. Most people, I venture, are intellectually lazy. Government tries to tax & ban it simultaneously; that never works. Always remember: crusaders rarely do what they do out of altruism. They never stop. Once they get a toe hold, incrementalism becomes the order of the day. So whatever it is you do or have, somebody will eventually get around to you. Preston Weiters Jr. ~~(See me on Facebook)~~ " —March 22, 2011 21:28 PM
"3/22/11, With all the hysteria about smoking, one eventually realizes it has more to do with control. Chris' point about "nanny state" is well taken. Although we won't see a total ban in our lifetime, The best you can go for is a local issue on where you can smoke. I have disdain for any crusader, regardless of the cause. I'm in NJ and Bloomy has infected, not only neighboring states with this, but half the globe. Smoking in bars in Canada was banned 3 years ago. Most people, I venture, are intellectually lazy. Government tries to tax & ban it simultaneously; that never works. Always remember: crusaders rarely do what they do out of altruism. They never stop. Once they get a toe hold, incrementalism becomes the order of the day. So whatever it is you do or have, somebody will eventually get around to you. Preston Weiters Jr. ~~(See me on Facebook)~~ " —March 22, 2011 21:30 PM
"And yet the wonder why CA is broke. They are pushing small businesses out just so they can have their nanny state! " —March 22, 2011 12:41 PM