Tag Archives: smoking ban

Fight for your Right to Smoke

It was nice to see the Cigar Rights of America come out in force at the most recent De La Concha cigar dinner. I’ve been pretty critical of the organization, as it’s really done nothing but raise money. There has been no presence, no action. Well, Ron Melendi tells me that the new executive director, J. Glynn Loope, has been working his ass off for the cause.

Fight the Anti-Tobacco Power!

exp00055For once, cigar smokers can vote YES!!! Help continue the spirit of “hope” and “change” that is coming to Washington by signing a petition in support of the Tobacconist Preservation Act. So far, we have 97 signatures, which is a long way off from our goal of 1 million. Do your part, and then spread the world. Let’s help preserve what few rights we have left.

Scotland: Day 1

dsc04022Well, I’m looking back on my first full day in Scotland, and yes, it has been full. I got on a plane last night after a truly hellish day at day job, few overnight and hit the ground running this morning. Now, I am utterly fucking exhausted and blogging when I should be sleeping. But, I had a great time today, and I feel the need to share.

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Bragging Rights on Digital Journal

I just found out last night that my article, “Small Victories for Cigar Shop: De La Concha Fights Smoking Ban One Dinner at a Time” was selected for DigitalJournal.com’s TopFinds Awards in the Lifestyle category. This is great news, as it will help increase the profile of my favorite cigar shop, De La Concha. Also, I offer my props to photog Steve Zak who did the shooting for the event.

According to the editor, David Silverberg:

Tom Johansmeyer introduced us to a cigar shop’s inventive way of circumventing New York’s restaurant smoking ban: a pre-cigar meal. Filled with poignant quotes and precise details, the article takes home the TopLifestyle Award for strong original reporting and underscoring the importance of finding a story among the nooks and crannies of a major city. Tom’s conclusion was tight, the headline was attractive and the photos nicely complemented the text.

I am fairly new to DigitalJournal.com, a citizen journalism website that (for a chance) is focused on the U.S. market. But, I have to admit I’m pretty happy with it. The only problem is that the payouts are not as generous as my other tool, OhmyNews.com. But, I think there may be room for both in my life.

De La Concha Cigar Dinners

I am an avid cigar smoker, and I cover the business. So, I was delighted to attend the latest De La Concha cigar dinner on June 11, 2008. General Manager Ron Melendi featured the Davidoff Reserva 12 (a fantastic cigar), and Rue 57′s dinner was great as always. For anyone in or passing through New York when these events are held, I recommend them highly. I have been to several, and none has been close to a disappointment.

I look forward to future events, and my thanks go to Ron Melendi for engaging me to cover these dinners. After I leave each, I look forward to the next.

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