Tobacco, The New Pornography

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“:

Tobacco?! Blocked!

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:

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?

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2 Comments

  1. December 30, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Forgive me for being slightly off topic and ranting, but:

    This is pretty sad… “They” are just trying to do what is “Best for us.” The general public has become so dumbed down that they are almost asking for government to make choices for us. For example, parents buy a toy with small parts for an infant, it chokes on the toy and dies. They then blame the toy company. The FCC assumes parental responsibility by telling grown adults what they can and can’t watch on TV. All so adults can pawn off yet another life responsibility to the government. Never mind actually monitoring your child’s activities, internet usage, and TV watching habits.

    The same mentality applies to tobacco. Instead of simply not hanging around smokers, wouldn’t it be easier to ban smoking? Now yet another choice has been made for us. Unfortunately all the non-smoking bandwagon people fail to realize… Smoking is a large income for the government. If that money goes away, who makes up the difference? They do! People… They are so stupid!

    Cheers

  2. Brian said,

    December 30, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Amen, brother Tom!

    I’m a huge proponent of personal responsibility. And that’s not just because I’m fiercely independent by nature, it’s also because an accurate reading of the constitution guarantees only life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the right to property. (Note that happiness isn’t guaranteed, only the pursuit thereof.) So as long as I’m not interfering with another’s rights, the government has not business interfering. People are free to pursue happiness somewhere other than a cigar bar.

    The sad thing is that there is a large percentage of people out there who would knowingly take the tax hit, if they knew it meant they could violate our right to smoke. So this isn’t only a case of stupidity, it’s also about vindictiveness and control. We have a “I don’t want you to do the things I don’t like, even when it doesn’t affect me” syndrome.

    Back on topic, a corporation has every right to block whatever it wants to block. It’s providing its employees with the access, at it’s expense, and usually with restrictions agreed upon as terms of employment. (Just in case anybody read this and was thinking I was arguing otherwise.) It’s just a sad day when tobacco is considered on par with pornography.

    Cheers, man. Talk about digging up the past! I not longer do any work that the place in question!


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