Cigar Legislation 

Cigar Legislation: Newark, NJ Expands Smoking Bans

Yesterday Newark, New Jersey mayor Ras Baraka signed a new ordinance banning smoking in all city parks, recreational facilities (including senior centers), and city owned vehicles.  Mayor Baraka says that this ban is to protect children from smoking stating: “Our young people are victimized by this…even though they don’t smoke.”   The new law also increased the smoking distance from these places from 25ft to 50ft.  The ordinance also includes vapor devices and hookah.  Newark, NJ has a high crime rate and was named the 6th most dangerous U.S. city…

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Cigar Legislation 

Legislative News: Healdsberg, CA Hikes Purchase Age

  Monday the city of Healdsburg, CA, located in California wine countries Sonoma County, became the first city in the state to raise the legal tobacco purchase age to 21.  The new ordinance, which will go into effect in December, with a 4-1 vote even after the lone against voter, Councilman Gary Plass, warned that the city could open themselves up to lawsuits from the tobacco industry and retailers alike.  Though 18 is legally an adult and able to serve in the military and vote, they council passed the ordinance…

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