Today I introduce to you the short video we at Famous Smoke Shop put together advising all of you who love cigars about the inherent dangers that exist if the FDA gains control over the cigar industry.
The reason we did this is simple: our beloved industry is in REAL danger and this piece outlines pretty clearly what bad things could happen to your cigars – from the manufacturing, the way you are allowed (or not allowed) to buy them, and lastly… even possible extinction.
While the feedback has been astounding to this video presentation, I’ve heard a few clamorings on the internet forums where certain people simply don’t believe what we’ve stated, calling it pure conjecture and hype. And to that, I can say, if you continue to believe that, you have been very sadly misinformed.
LISTEN TO ME… I have personally spent a lot of time with people like Glynn Loope, the Executive Director of the lobbyist group, Cigar Rights of America, as well as owners and top executives of many of the cigar manufacturers. I have learned first-hand about the intentions behind FDA cigar industry regulations and there isn’t a person who works in this business who takes this lightly, whatsoever. And, I can assure you that no one takes this more serious than the people at Famous. Continue reading
Anti-smoking legislature is fraught with problems, not the least of which is the erosion of personal liberty. I can understand anti-smoking laws in schools and hospitals, and even government buildings. But if you thought that banning smoking in privately-owned restaurants and clubs was an overstep of authority, wait until you get a load of this.
The “City that Never Sleeps” is currently considering legislation that would expand anti-smoking laws to include to the city’s parks, beaches, and other public outdoor locations, including Times Square. The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) and New York Tobacconist Association have formed a partnership to oppose the measure.
Said IPCPR legislative director Chris McCalla, “We’re against legislated smoking bans of any kind, and so should everyone else [be]…they take away fundamental rights of citizens everywhere. In public places like these, common courtesy should prevail, not heavy-handed, misguided legislation.”
I just LOVE that part about common courtesy over heavy-handed, misguided legislation. It perfectly sums the fundamental problem of the “nanny state.”
The substance of the measure irks me as a conscientious cigar smoker, but that’s only part of it. More important is the fact that precious time and taxpayer money are being wasted on such a trivial non-issue. It’s time for elected officials to focus their energies on the economy, crime, poverty, or anything else that matters.
Last I checked, smoking was legal. Moreover, the punitive taxation of smokers leads me to believe that the government needs people to keep smoking. But the “nibbling away” of smokers’ rights has got to go. It is a monumental waste of resources, yielding nothing positive.
See the petition against the NYC smoking ban.