In case you didnâ€™t know, flavored cigars are quite a big thing in many parts of the world. In fact, they attract not only adults but teenagers as well. And why wouldnâ€™t they? If teens are attracted to cigarettes, why wouldnâ€™t they be attracted to cigars as well? This is more understandable if the cigars are flavored. More so, if these cigars are sold as â€œloosies,â€ teens are able to buy them more easily.
This is the argument that the authorities over at Baltimore are banking on. They want to ban the sales of these cigars so that teenagers would not be able to buy them. The Baltimore Sun reports:
City health officials have received a large number of comments – pro and con – about a proposed ban on the sale of single cheap cigars, which tend to be smoked by young people who like them because they come in flavors such as grape, cherry and vanilla.
The city’s proposal has garnered national attention because if the ban is enacted, Baltimore would be the first municipality to take such a stand against the cigars, which are sold under the names Black & Mild, White Owl and The Game. On the street, the cigars are sometimes called “blunts” or “loosies.”
Naturally, there are those who are for the proposal while there are those who are against it. Personally, I think that they should just create stricter enforcement measures so as to restrict the teenagersâ€™ access to these cigars. What do you think?
Originally posted on July 27, 2008 @ 7:31 am