A bit of cigar legislation was included in a recent signing of bills by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, as the executive gave his approval to HB 171, which will allow cigar shops to serve—but not sell—food.

It is an interestingly brief bill, changing just one word of state law. In particular, the bill revises one of the four criteria that an establishment must meet in order to qualify as a cigar bar, meaning they can sell and serve alcohol while also allowing the smoking of cigars. Currently, that line says that an establishment must not “allow cigarette smoking or service of food on the premise.” With the bills passage, service is replaced by sale, so that cigar bars can serve food but can not sell it.

The change will go into effect 60 days after its passage.


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Patrick Lagreid

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.