New Hampshire Bill Would Allow Cigar Bars to Serve Food

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A bill introduced into the New Hampshire Senate could result in food being able to be served in cigar bars within the state.

The bill, SB 478, was introduced by six members of the legislature, led by Sen. Harold French, R-Franklin. He was joined by Sens. Sharon Carson, R-Londonderry; Melanie Levesque, D-Brookline; Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro;  and Jon Morgan, D-Brentwood. They were joined by Rep. Howard Pearl, R-Merrimack.

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It would remove a prohibition on the service of food on the premises of a cigar shop holding an on-premises cigar, beverage and liquor license. Should it pass, it would go into effect 60 days later.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Commerce Committee.

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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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