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N.H. House votes to exempt cigar bars from smoking ban

Publication Date: 3/5/2008
  • Author:AP
  • Publication:WCAX-TV NH

Cigar bars would be exempt from New Hampshire's smoking ban under a bill on its way to the state Senate.

The House voted without debate Wednesday to exempt businesses that gets at least 60% of their income from the sale of cigars or cigar-related products. The bill also would allow the business to have a liquor license, which under current law also requires the sale of food.

Employees would be required to sign a form acknowledging they understand the dangers of secondhand smoke and choose to work in the cigar bar. Entry would be prohibited to anyone under age 18.