Albany County, N.Y. Removes Premium Cigars from Flavored Tobacco Ban Proposal

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A proposal to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products that is moving through the Albany County Legislature got a significant amendment on Monday, as legislators approved an exemption to the ban for premium cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah.

Additionally, legislators scheduled a public hearing on the amended proposal for Sept. 24, the first step towards becoming law. A full vote by the legislature on the ban could come before the holiday season this year.

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Legislator Paul Miller told WNYT.com that the changes came after hearing concerns from pipe smokers who feared the law’s passage would mean that they wouldn’t be able to get their preferred tobaccos any longer. The proposal remains focused on preventing the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices primarily by young adults and youth.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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