Cigar Aficionado

Exemption to a Smoking Ban

After four failures since last summer, Ald. Mike Verveer's proposal to exempt cigar bars and other places where tobacco products are sold from the Madison, Wisconsin, smoking ban was finally approved on March 21 by a 12-8 city council vote.

According to the new amendment, any establishment applying for the exemption must prove that at least 10 percent of its revenue is generated from the sale of tobacco products such as cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco. Cigarettes are not included in the exemption, and the sale of cigarettes can't be counted toward the ten percent.

For more on this story, see the next Cigar Insider.