I have two sides to this story, AND I understand all the arguments FOR and AGAINST this proposed bill

Here is the long-running debate about having it legal to smoke cigars in bars and lounges - secondhand smoke of course is the main culprit. In this day and age, it's really almost impossible to think back to what it must have been like when smoking inside was allowed and almost everywhere you went - I remember like it was yesterday sitting in a coffee shop with my dad when I was a kid, in San Diego, California, flanked by a smoker on our left and right. My dad was furious, but there was nothing he could do about it. For almost 10 years now here in North Dakota smoking INSIDE is not allowed. A controversial bill has been announced that would change that law.

Here is where I sympathize, and still wish for the obvious solution ( in my opinion )

A new law would allow cigar smokers to puff away inside North Dakota bars. According to kfyrtv.com "Senate Bill 1229 would make a change to smoking laws. It would allow for cigars — not vapes or cigarettes or cigarillos — to be smoked indoors at cigar lounges and bars. To qualify, the facility would need to be enclosed by solid walls or windows, a ceiling, and a solid door, and it would need to be properly ventilated" The ONE big argument AGAINST this passing is secondhand smoke -Heather Austin, executive director of Tobacco Free North Dakota made an excellent point by saying that people who would go to a bar who didn't wish to have anything to do with the dangers - such as "..some pretty serious health effects, both short-term and long-term for anyone being exposed to those secondhand smoke chemicals,” could still be affected kfyrtv.com added.

Without a doubt in my mind cigar LOUNGES should be legal

Here is what I think- if you open up your own CIGAR LOUNGE with the intent of having people relax INSIDE and be able to smoke a cigar, what the heck is wrong with that? People would clearly know that the establishment is all about providing a comfortable place to - ONCE AGAIN - smoke inside, where it's not -25 degrees out. That would spell out to the people who avoid secondhand smoke to not enter the lounge. Lastly, I'm all about allowing people the freedom to be able to do that.


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