Why We Should Still Be Listening to Former Govenor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Schwarzengger’s Veto Letter – 2007


VETOED DATE: 10/14/2007

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1467 without my signature.

This bill would remove a limited number of exemptions found in current law that permit smoking in specified bars, warehouses, hotel lobbies, meeting and banquet rooms, and businesses without employees.

California has led the nation in effective smoking control activities, achieving the second lowest rate of smoking among adults in the nation. The cessation of smoking is a component of my plan to encourage Californian’s to lead a healthy lifestyle and thereby reduce health care costs. While more needs to be done to reduce smoking rates, I do not agree that placing further restrictions on business owners is the correct approach. Instead, California can further reduce smoking rates in other ways, such as increasing access to cessation services offered through the highly effective California Smokers’ Helpline.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

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H.B. 575, as a sweeping “close all exemptions” smoking ban, has been referred to the California Senate Appropriations Committee, which we hope will recognize the adverse economic impact this legislation will have for small businesses across California.

The next hearing on this bill is Monday, May 2. We will the specific time and location when available from the committee.

The CRA petition is now being switched to the membership of the California Senate Appropriations Committee, so you can “hit it” again. Help us send a message that this expanded smoking ban is bad for business, and is a direct attack on property rights for cigar enthusiasts in California.


Step 1. Please contact your member of the California Assembly and Senate (California Residents Only) and tell them to SAY NO to Senate Bill 575.

Step 2. Please sign the CRA Petition (All CRA Members).

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Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at cigaradvisor.com

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. 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.

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