Alton, Illinois Approves Smoking Ban Exemption for Tobacco Stores

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A vote by the Alton City Council on Wednesday could soon have cigar smokers lighting up in their local retailer.

The council approved what amounts to an exemption to the state’s indoor smoking ban, creating a new business designation that would allow retail tobacco stores to let smokers to light up. While the city has not yet posted the ordinance on its websiteTheTelegraph.com reports that such stores would be allowed to apply for a new Class C license, which comes with the stipulation that alcoholic beverage could not be sold or consumed within the premises.

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Alton is located approximately 15 miles north of St. Louis, Mo. and is home to approximately 27,000 residents.

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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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