Cigar News

More Local Governments Need to Think like Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Reading Time: < 1 minute

Council member Dave Thiede is quoted as saying it would have been “a policy with no teeth.” We couldn’t agree more. Council was also worried about the policy implications for situations like backyard bonfires and cookouts. The proposed park smoking ban was also endorsed by the city’s parks and environment commissions.

Oh my, local elected officials using such logic! How we would like to have the Cottage Grove City Council approach in Austin to Atlanta, from Los Angeles County, to New York City.

CRA commends Cottage Grover City Council members Mayor Myron Bailey, Derrick Lehrke, Jen Peterson, Justin Olsen, and David Thiede.

Public park smoking bans are among the most challenging to tackle. However, based upon this action is Cottage Grove and the recent sweeping smoking ban rejection in Johnson County, Indiana, we thought we should reprint the words of Dr. Michael Siegel, Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health – and no friend of tobacco. Dr. Siegel issued this op-ed piece in the New York Times, upon the adoption of the NYC outdoor smoking restrictions advocated by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The title says it all – “A Smoking Ban Too Far.”

Please circulate this link, if your local government is considering a public park smoking ban:

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
cigar advisor news - alec-bradley to release reclaimed sampler - release - cover photo

Cigar News: Alec Bradley Cigar Co. Announces the Upcoming Release of ‘Reclaimed’ Figurados

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alec Bradley Cigars want you to experience a piece of cigar factory history with their Reclaimed sampler. Limited to only 800 samplers, Reclaimed includes seven figurados, each representing one of Alec Bradley’s top selling blends. Learn more here.

Read More
cigar advisor news-diesel sunday gravy gabagool cigar release-cover

CIGAR NEWS: Diesel Releases Sunday Gravy Gabagool

Reading Time: 2 minutes “We intentionally stayed away from power on this cigar and instead delivered on the palate,” says Diesel Cigars’ Justin Andrews who blended Diesel Sunday Gravy Gabagool with AJ Fernandez. The fourth installment in the line, Gabagool may also be the most complex. Learn more here.

Read More
cigar advisor news - camacho unleashed2 cigars release - cover graphic


Reading Time: 2 minutes Camacho Cigars has announced the addition of their second Camacho Factory Unleashed cigars with Factory Unleashed 2. The new cigar is a Toro rolled in a rare Ecuador Connecticut wrapper over a mostly Corojo leaf blend. Learn more about this bold new blend here.

Read More
Best Top Rated Macanudo Cigars Cigar Advisor Cover

2020 CA Report: Top 5 Best Rated Macanudo Cigars

Reading Time: 5 minutes Among the world’s most famous cigars, and a household name among humidors. But which are the best of the best? See our customers’ top picks for the Best Rated Macanudo cigars!

Read More