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Initiative Would Exempt Cigar Bars From Indoor Smoking Ban (Washington State)
OPB News (Oregon) ^ | March 19, 2008 | Austin Jenkins

Posted on 03/20/2008 7:24:52 PM PDT by Stoat

Initiative Would Exempt Cigar Bars From Indoor Smoking Ban

By Austin Jenkins

Olympia, WA  March 19, 2008 3:28 p.m.

 

Washington State’s two-year-old indoor smoking ban is facing a challenge. Cigar shop owners have filed a citizen initiative to roll-back part of the law.

Dale Taylor is with the newly formed Cigar Association of Washington. He says the initiative would allow smoking in cigar shops, cigar bars, private clubs and service organizations like the Elks.

Dale Taylor: “What we’re asking for here is a fair and reasonable exemption to the law that allows a cigar store, for instance like the one I work in, to allow the customers to smoke the cigars that they buy here. And cigar bars which there used to be more than a few around the greater Seattle area and in the state.”

Sponsors have until June 30th to collect 225,000 valid voter signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.

Backers of the indoor smoking ban are concerned the initiative would create unintended loopholes in the law. For instance they say a bar might call itself a private club in order to allow patrons to smoke.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 1016; cigar; cigars; initiative; initiative1016; pufflist; smokers; smoking; smokingban; washington; washingtonstate
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1 posted on 03/20/2008 7:24:54 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: martin_fierro; Gabz; SheLion
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2 posted on 03/20/2008 7:25:35 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

It’s a start.


3 posted on 03/20/2008 7:29:16 PM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: Stoat

Then hookah lounges (shisha bars) are next.


4 posted on 03/20/2008 7:30:21 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: All
Also:

Petitioners Seek to Soften Stringent Smoking Ban

Petitioners Seek to Soften Stringent Smoking Ban

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - The nation's most stringent smoking ban may be a bit less stringent if Washington voters say 'yes' to Initiative 1016 on November 8.

To ensure that the Cigar Bar Relief Act of 2008 is on the November ballot, proponents of the measure must gather 225,000 signatures from registered voters by June 30. Petitions are available at most cigar stores, former cigar bars, private clubs like the American Legion and Eagles, and online at www.cigarwa.com, the website of the Cigar Association of Washington.

"Smokers and non-smokers alike should sign our petitions and vote 'yes' on November 8 because we are only asking for the right to allow smoking in relatively few locations without changing the ban elsewhere," says Dale Taylor, a tobacconist with Rain City Cigar in Seattle and president of the Cigar Association of Washington which is coordinating the campaign for the initiative.

The current ban prohibits smoking in all public places including restaurants, bars, bowling alleys and non-tribal casinos.

"A 'yes' vote for Initiative 1016 would allow cigar shops, cigar bars and private clubs like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, as well as service organizations such as the Elks, Lions and others a choice to allow smoking if they so choose without changing the ban elsewhere," says Taylor.

Under the proposed initiative, a cigar bar would be defined as a bar where the serving of food is only incidental and where on-site sales of cigars generate $25,000 or more in annual gross income.

Private facilities -- such as those used by adult service clubs and, for example, the American Legion -- would also be exempted from the ban if they so choose except when they are occasionally open to the public.

"It's important to remember that the initiative does not overturn the existing ban," Taylor emphasized. "We are only seeking to give the choice to allow smoking in relatively few locations such as cigar bars, cigar stores and private clubs. These exemptions exist in most other states and we believe it is reasonable to request voters to allow them in Washington as well."

Taylor is urging all Washington residents who are registered voters to sign the petitions by June 30 to get the measure placed on November's ballot.

"This is the democratic process at work," said Taylor.


5 posted on 03/20/2008 7:30:50 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

This former smoker would (and will) sign it in a second.


6 posted on 03/20/2008 7:31:29 PM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: Stoat; Gabz
...would create unintended loopholes in the law. For instance they say a bar might call itself a private club in order to allow patrons to smoke.

Awwww...are the little nanny-staters afraid they won't be able to control our private lives?

7 posted on 03/20/2008 7:31:46 PM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Stoat
For instance they say a bar might call itself a private club in order to allow patrons to smoke.

While they're at it, they might as well create a loophole in order to allow patrons to drink.

8 posted on 03/20/2008 7:40:27 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: SlapHappyPappy
It’s a start

Indeed, but I predict a tough battle.  I recall that the smoking ban passed by a very large margin, and hard-Left and Ultra-PC Western Washington will pull out all the stops to defeat it.  If it were to pass, there would be endless court challenges.

I will sign the petition and do what I can, but it's not going to be an easy fight.

9 posted on 03/20/2008 7:42:00 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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10 posted on 03/20/2008 7:44:19 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Gondring
Then hookah lounges (shisha bars) are next.

Perhaps if the islamofascists are busy smoking they won't be agitating ? :-)

11 posted on 03/20/2008 7:47:29 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: rockrr
This former smoker would (and will) sign it in a second.

That's because you're a thoughtful person :-)

12 posted on 03/20/2008 7:50:50 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Gondring
...would create unintended loopholes in the law. For instance they say a bar might call itself a private club in order to allow patrons to smoke.

Awwww...are the little nanny-staters afraid they won't be able to control our private lives?

They should be delighted and supportive....they already tax the tobacco and with this they could require expensive new licenses.....

13 posted on 03/20/2008 7:52:49 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: SheLion

Ping


14 posted on 03/20/2008 7:54:12 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: elkfersupper
For instance they say a bar might call itself a private club in order to allow patrons to smoke.

While they're at it, they might as well create a loophole in order to allow patrons to drink.

Well, I dunno....let's not get carried away here  :-)

"snicker"

 

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15 posted on 03/20/2008 7:57:02 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: martin_fierro
Thanks very much for pinging your list   :-)

 

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16 posted on 03/20/2008 8:03:06 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
!. 8X48?

2. Code Pink?

17 posted on 03/20/2008 8:15:03 PM PDT by HoosierHawk
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To: HoosierHawk
!. 8X48?

That looks about right  :-)

Cigar Size, Cigar ring gauge guide

2. Code Pink?
 

LMAO!

I haven't seen any of the withered old crones associated with the Code Pinkos that were anywhere near to being as stylish as this Cuban lady....I'm guessing that she would tell them, in no uncertain terms, to go take a flying leap  :-)

18 posted on 03/20/2008 8:25:12 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: elkfersupper

Starting to sound like Kansas when I was young. You had to be a member of the club to get a mixed drink. Most places didn’t charge (or even make you sign), but the better places had a “member’s fee”.


19 posted on 03/20/2008 9:27:39 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("Ah! but it was something to have at least a choice of nightmares.")
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To: Gondring
I don't know why the American people are so willing to let government control so much of their life. If I own a restaurant or bar it should be up to me whether smoking is allowed. It should be none of the government's business.
20 posted on 03/20/2008 10:34:18 PM PDT by peeps36 (OUTLAWED WORDS--INSURGENT,GLOBAL WARMING,UNDOCUMENTED WORKER,PALESTINIAN,TERMINATED PREGNANCY)
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To: Stoat

So where do we go to sign the initiative?

Would it also include pipes?


21 posted on 03/20/2008 10:42:50 PM PDT by verklaring (Pyrite is not gold)
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To: verklaring; All
So where do we go to sign the initiative?

I would imagine that any serious cigar store or tobacconist near you would probably have copies of the petition to sign.  If not, you can call or e-mail The Cigar Association of Washington, and they 'should' be able to tell you where in your area you can sign it.

I-1016, Cigar Association of Washington

5963 Corson Ave. S. Suite 130 • Seattle, WA 98108

206-767-2048 PH

206-767-3629 FAX

info@cigarwa.com

***********************************

If you would like to read the petition online and even print out a copy and gather signatures yourself, a PDF copy of the petition is available for download from the CAW website

Cigar Association of Washington

(scroll down to the bottom of the page and doubleclick on the "I-1016 Petition" link, or doubleclick here to get to the petition instantly)

<<<Please be advised that you will need to have (at minimum) the free Adobe Reader installed on your computer to be able to open the .pdf file.  If you don't have it, you can download it here:

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I'm sure that the Cigar Association of Washington would be delighted if you were to send them a petition with lots of valid signatures on it, including yours  :-)

Would it also include pipes?

Yes.  From the petition's text:

(1) “Smoke” or “smoking” means the

carrying or smoking of any kind of lighted

pipe, cigar, cigarette, or any other lighted

smoking equipment.

 


22 posted on 03/21/2008 2:56:41 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Gondring
...would create unintended loopholes in the law. For instance they say a bar might call itself a private club in order to allow patrons to smoke.

What's wrong with that? Then the nonsmokers couldn't come in and do their fake coughing and other silly tactics.

23 posted on 03/21/2008 5:26:21 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Bill Clinton: HILLARY!'s other big ass)
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To: NRA1995

Uh...that was my point.


24 posted on 03/21/2008 6:22:27 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: NRA1995

Uh...that was my point.


25 posted on 03/21/2008 6:22:27 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: Stoat

Where do I sign.

Hallelujah!!


26 posted on 03/21/2008 7:53:57 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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27 posted on 03/21/2008 7:58:44 AM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Stoat

I can’t understand why they couldn’t allow something REASONABLE and not EXTREME in the first place. Utterly ridiculous and STUPID.


28 posted on 03/21/2008 8:18:26 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Gabz
Feh! They have a cigar bar down the street near our new slot-machine tourist and sucker trap.

You can't get a drink or smoke a cigarette there and the cigar snots are obnoxious anyway.

29 posted on 03/21/2008 8:27:19 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: Stoat
Backers of the indoor smoking ban are concerned the initiative would create unintended loopholes in the law.

Oh my! Wouldn't want that! Smoke, the horror, the horror!

30 posted on 03/21/2008 8:36:42 AM PDT by Lexinom ("Change": what's left after President Obama sends you your tax bill.)
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To: Gondring

Hooka lounges are popping up left and right on Long Island, and I’ve seen several in NJ, too.

Regards,


31 posted on 03/21/2008 9:03:39 AM PDT by VermiciousKnid
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To: VermiciousKnid
Hooka lounges are popping up left and right on Long Island,

Don't let Eliot Spitzer overhear that! ;-)

32 posted on 03/21/2008 11:17:10 AM PDT by Gondring (I'll give up my right to die when hell freezes over my dead body!)
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To: RinaseaofDs
Where do I sign.

Please see post #22  :-)

Hallelujah!!

Indeed!  It's going to be a long, tough fight though. 

33 posted on 03/21/2008 12:54:45 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Gabz
Thank you very much for pinging your list  :-)

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34 posted on 03/21/2008 12:55:30 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: GOP_Lady
I can’t understand why they couldn’t allow something REASONABLE and not EXTREME in the first place. Utterly ridiculous and STUPID.

Well, there are a number of reasons why why call this The People's Republic of Washington, and this is one of them.

"sigh"

 

35 posted on 03/21/2008 12:57:42 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Lexinom
Backers of the indoor smoking ban are concerned the initiative would create unintended loopholes in the law.

Oh my! Wouldn't want that! Smoke, the horror, the horror!
 

The way that the hysterical anti-smoking zealots around here act, you'd think that people who smoke are intentionally trying to kill them. 

I have come to view smoking, and particularly the smoking of magnificently large cigars or pipes, as being as much or more of a 'statement' as when the innumerable greasy and unwashed commies wear their "Che!" T-shirts.  If I'm in a particularly moody disposition, I light up a stogie and walk down the street.  I'm not breaking any laws (yet) but the expressions of utter rage and disgust on the faces of the Seattle Left are just priceless  :-)

36 posted on 03/21/2008 1:12:58 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: metesky
Feh!

 Oy Vey!

37 posted on 03/21/2008 1:15:25 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

We have the same thing here in Ohio of all places. It’s totally ridiculous. I’m counting down the weeks (7) until hubby and are in Vegas, where hubby can enjoy a cigar with his adult beverage (oh, the horror)! Nazis.


38 posted on 03/21/2008 1:27:38 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady
I've never visited The Sagebrush State but you've identified one of probably many reasons to.  I'm not a gambler but it would be nice to be able to relax awhile among reasonable people for a change, and I understand that the scenery in many areas is spectacular.  I hope that you and your husband will have a very enjoyable vacation  :-)
39 posted on 03/21/2008 1:47:11 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

You’re quite welcome. Don’t ever hesitate to ask, no guarantee when I’ll see it, but when I do I am more than happy to oblige!!!


40 posted on 03/21/2008 2:02:50 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Gabz
You’re quite welcome. Don’t ever hesitate to ask, no guarantee when I’ll see it, but when I do I am more than happy to oblige!!!

Awwww....you're so sweet, thank you! 

Here's a nice piece of cheesecake for you  :-)

 

 strawberrycheesecake

41 posted on 03/21/2008 2:58:43 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

YUMMY!!!!!!!

You found my weakness (well except for chocolate)


42 posted on 03/21/2008 3:12:20 PM PDT by Gabz (Don't tell my mom I'm a lobbyist, she thinks I'm a piano player in a whorehouse)
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To: Gabz
Chocolates3

 

"snicker"

43 posted on 03/21/2008 3:14:14 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2012: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Gabz

Thanks for the ping!


44 posted on 03/21/2008 8:41:59 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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