The Cigar Association of America (CAA) is claiming victory in an ongoing effort to protect cigar and pipe smoking in the state of Florida.
On March 15, the CAA announced that the Florida Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources voted favorably for Senate Bill 334, known also as the Regulation of Smoking in Public Places [read more here]. S.B. 334 originally would have made smoking of any kind illegal in all state parks. It also would have given municipalities the ability to ban smoking in local parks and beaches. The CAA has been working to protect the businesses of cigar and pipe tobacco manufacturers and the rights of cigar and pipe consumers by pushing for an amendment to S.B. 334 that would exempt cigars and pipe tobacco from the smoking ban.
“CAA will continue to engage directly with the Florida Legislature as S.B. 334 makes its way through the process. We pride ourselves on being one of the leading national trade associations that has been representing the best interests of its members and cigar companies for over 84 years,” stated the trade association in a recent press release.