Cigar Aficionado

Final Cigar Dinner Scheduled for Eve of Carlsbad Outdoor Smoke Ban

Call it the cigar enthusiast’s version of a swan song, or a last hurrah.

On November 1, the day before restaurants in Carlsbad, California, must enforce an outdoor patio smoking ban passed earlier this year, a group of cigar smokers will gather at Hennessy’s Tavern for one final night of fine food, beer and cigars.

According to a report in the North County Times, the cigar social has been hosted by Gregg and DeeDee Engels of Cigar Grotto for 11 years and attracts a large crowd. Dubbed the “Eve of the Ban on Smoking in Carlsbad Cigar Social”, the three-course cigar dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. on November 1 and costs about $60.

In September, the resort city of Carlsbad joined a growing number of California cities and small towns when its city council voted to ban smoking on the outdoor patio areas of restaurants. While smoking inside restaurants and bars in California has been illegal since 1988, many places allowed lighting up on outside patios.

The new law is set to take effect November 2.

"I was always taught that if you didn't like something you stayed away or didn't go near it, that included people smoking. So instead of putting limits on the smoker's put them on the one's that don't smoke or teach them to stay away from smoker's. Also the more we fight & claim this country is free the more we get our rights take away. When are the American people going to say enough is enought and take our country back. Tell everyone that comes to America that this is our country and if they don't like the way we live go back to their own country and change it. " —November 4, 2012 19:37 PM
"Another example of the Nanny state going after what they believe is best for you regardless of your beliefs and self government. It is the Cigar Grotto for heavens sake, if you don't like the smoke, why the heck are you around there in the first place? Freedom it seems is what a few want for the many." —October 30, 2012 16:38 PM
"What ever happen to the land of the FREE home of the brave has become the land of we tell you what to do and you better listen or else. It's sad." —October 28, 2012 09:06 AM
"It looks like a socialism. A few and stupid are in control. Where is resistance? How about a revolution instead of "swan songs"." —October 27, 2012 15:02 PM
"I cant believe in a country where everyone seems to drive trucks and cars with massive engines that people go out of their way to ban something like cigar smoking. Too many laws in the US seem to have no common sense attached to them at all. " —October 26, 2012 05:43 AM
"Our freedoms are being ripped away one by one! Sorry but this country is far from free." —October 24, 2012 19:56 PM
"Another city who thinks they own the air no matter where you are in the city why the city counsel come on out to the range or golf coarse." —October 22, 2012 18:23 PM