Friday, January 30, 2015

Cigar-smoking ban takes effect Thursday

Looking to enjoy a little cigar with your old fashioned in downtown Lincoln? Too late.

Nebraska's long-awaited cigar-smoking ban is in effect as of Thursday, according to a message Jake’s Cigars & Spirits posted to its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

The change comes after an Aug. 29 Nebraska Supreme Court decision that effectively banned the practice. Nebraska’s 11 cigar bars had previously operated under an exception to the court’s 2008 ban on indoor smoking.

State Sen. Tyson Larson of O’Neill is sponsoring a bill that would allow cigar smoking to continue in bars such as Jake’s. The hearing for his bill will take place Monday.

In a November Daily Nebraskan article, Jake’s manager Jason “Hutch” Hutchison said the loss of indoor smoking wouldn’t “be as bad as people think” for the bar.

“We’ve rolled with the punches for 15 years,” he said. “There’s been times when things were really thin, and now things are really booming.”

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