A college campus isn’t generally thought of as an ideal place to light up a cigar, but if a bill introduced into the Texas legislature gets passed, it won’t only be an less than ideal place, it will be an illegal place.
On Wednesday, Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land, introduced H.B. 2652, which seeks to prohibit the use of cigarettes, tobacco products and e-cigarettes in all state-owned or leased buildings, on all state-owned or leased grounds, and on any college campus that receives state funding. Should it get passed, the ban would go into effect on Sept. 1.
The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee.
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.