NC Smoking Ban Update Wednesday, Mar 18 2009 

I received the following communication from a local retailer today. The legislation I wrote about a couple weeks ago is up for a vote to become law. The letter below describes what you can do to help make your voice heard if you disagree with the proposed smoking ban.

To all cigar lovers of North Carolina,

A bill has been proposed in our state to greatly limit your ability to enjoy a cigar in a public place. The bill is HB 2, and will prohibit smoking in all restaurants, bars, and even private clubs. In this email is a link to the official web site of the IPCPR (International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers). We have set up the site to empower consumers so they may contact their legislators with ease.

Once you click on the link, simply enter your zip code and you will have access to write your own letter or use one of the templates included. The process is quick and easy, and you can visit the site frequently. I urge you to speak up and let your voice be heard. Our liberties are being taken from us. Our right to enjoy a legal product as adults could be compromised.

I thank you all for your support and your time on this critical issue.

Stop the Smoking Ban in NC!

Here is the link to the IPCPR. http://www.ipcpr.org/legislation.html

I am beginning to think with all the bans and bailouts and general socialization of our society it is time to rename our country to the “Socialist States of America”, or “The United Nanny States”……

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NC Making Another Run at a Ban Wednesday, Mar 4 2009 

North Carolina Law Makers are making another run at a public smoking ban for the tobacco friendliest state in the union. A bill to ban public smoking passed a North Carolina legislative committee Tuesday March 3rd with bipartisan support although some Republicans balked at what they view as government meddling in the business of restaurants and bars.

In 2005 and in 2007 legislation for smoking bans were defeated in the state. This latest bill still has another committee to get through before it gets put to a vote. The bill, if ultimately passed will ban smoking in the workplace, restaurants and other public places. I was unable to find any more detailed information so I don’t know what (if any) exemptions or potential loopholes this latest ban may contain.

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