A Maine state legislator has introduced a piece of legislation that would allow for cigar smokers to light up in their favorite cigar store.
The bill, L.D. 343, was introduced on Thursday by Rep. Matthew Harrington, R-Sanford. It seeks to modify the state’s the existing laws regarding smoking and creates a definition for a cigar lounge and allowing for tobacco specialty stores to transition into becoming cigar lounges.
In order to qualify for that definition, a cigar lounge may not sell cigarettes or allow the smoking of cigarettes and may not prepare food on premises for sale. The owner must also provide notice to all applicants for employment and employees that “working in a cigar lounge may cause serious negative health effects, including an increased risk of cancer and heart disease and that no level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is safe,” according to the bill. A cigar lounge would need to obtain a license to operate as a cigar lounge, which will cost $100 per year.
Additionally, the owner of a cigar lounge may apply for a liquor license in order to sell beer, wine and liquor.
The bill has been referred to the Committee on Health and Human Services.