In an idle moment at the office, while deciding which of a number of important work related tasks I should tackle next, I did a harmless search for information on the CAO Gold. It’s a cigar I’ve been smoking and a bit of a moving target when it comes to writing a review. (I plan to write one soon, but it’s going to take at least one more of them for me to solidify my thoughts on it.)
Perfectly harmless, right? Not something you would think would throw up any red flags, huh? Well, you and I would both be wrong. Because, friends and fans of tobacco leaf, tobacco is the new pornography. I present to you exhibit A, which I shall call “Corporate Smokin’ Naughtiness“:
I’m not going to link to the site in question, because it just might be an odd stogies-and-naughtiness-fetish site. Something hearkening back to the Bill and Monica days. Who knows, I can’t access it, at least not now. But that’s not the point. It wasn’t just blocked for pornographic content, which I would understand. In the above “Corporate Smokin’ Naughtiness” exhibit it is listed as being blocked because of tobacco!
If you think about it, it makes sense. Politicians used to rally around angry mothers to ban magazines and movies of consensual adults doing consensual things being sold to other consensual adults. Consensually. It used to be a good way to get votes. I guess it isn’t anymore, because now the politicians are rallying around angry mothers to outlaw the smoking of the tobacco leaf in any form, in any place, no matter how consensually it might be happening.
Think I’m off my rocker? Check out some recent posts in the cigar blogging community and in the news about legislative attempts to shut down cigar establishments:
- Senate panel approves ban on cigar bars. (Colorado)
- Smoking ban leads the way to the land of lawsuits (Ohio)
- Cigar Bar Keeps on Smoking (Ohio)
- Smoking Bans Limit Your Right to Smoke Cigars (California, Ontario)
- Smoking Ban Defeated (North Carolina)
- New York Loses Fight Against Cigar Bar (New York)
There are probably even more stories out there that I haven’t come across yet. Fortunately, some of these bans are either failing, or being thrown out when challenged. The scary thing is this is happening all over the country, and some of these bans will stick.
I don’t mean for this blog to be political. As I’ve said before, I avoid discussing religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin (at least on this blog). And as I see it, cigar smoking is not, and should not be a political issue. If a shop or bar decides to allow smoking, it should have the right to. People have the right not to visit or work there if they dislike smoking. Very simple, right? Any politics there? Nope. Anybody’s rights violated? Nope. What’s the problem? This isn’t politics, it’s common sense. How about keeping your laws out of our lungs?