I'm still hoping that one day soon you can puff on a stogie indoors

Not too long ago there was a slight chance that Bismarck/Mandan would get the green light for it to be legal to smoke a cigar inside a nice cozy lounge. But it failed. My hope was for North Dakotans to have the freedom to go be able to do that. I am still curious how many North Dakotans would accept the idea of having a cigar lounge. I also know just how many arguments there are against it  - defending their rights for clean air.

Minot, Republican Rep. Dan Ruby fought hard for it

"If you build it, they will come" was the idea that Minot, Republican Rep. Dan Ruby had. His posts on Facebook made it clear - For cigar lovers to have their own place full of billowy bliss. He pushed the House Bill 1152 - which would allow cigar smoking in certified bars or cigar lounges - passed in the House by three votes and on it went to the Senate floor. North Dakota's smoke-free law - smoking is prohibited in places of employment and public spaces -  stood in its path. The battle ended though, the final vote count was a HUGE victory for......

The clean air people - inside and out.

According to fightcancer  “Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the U.S. Additionally, smoking increases a person’s risk for severe illness from COVID-19". 

How close was this Bill to passing last March? The North Dakota Senate voted 23 to 24 in opposition - a narrow margin indeed (More narrow than a Swisher Sweet)

Will we see this happen one day in the near future?

That's up to all of us to decide if we can figure out a way to make everyone happy - what do you think?


 

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