anti smoke legislation

The Netherlands forbids cigar lounges

The Netherlands forbids cigar lounges. Starting January first, the Dutch government forbids indoor smoke lounges in any business building. Smoking lounges in hotels, restaurants, and bars were already prohibited but...

Published September 2021

Malaysia updates anti-smoke legislation

Malaysia updates anti-smoke legislation. In the last few years, Malaysia is been getting tougher on tobacco products. In late 2018, new smoking bans came into play. Smoking at coffee shops...

Published June 2021

Malaysia bans online tobacco sales

Malaysia bans online tobacco sales. Today all Malaysian retailers were informed by the Ministry of Health that websites need to be offline. Retailers get two days to comply with the...

Published July 2020

Smoke lounges are forbidden in The Netherlands

Smoke lounges are forbidden in The Netherlands effective immediately. The highest court in The Netherlands just ruled that smoke lounges in restaurants and bars are prohibited effective immediately. The anti-smoke...

Published September 2019

Norway comes down on tobacco

Norway comes down on tobacco. The next step from the nanny state government of Norway in its attempt to be the toughest European country on tobacco is on social media...

Published September 2019

The future for European cigar magazines

The future for European cigar magazines. A week and a half ago, the news came out that the Belgian Cigar Magazine El Gusto was forced to quit under pressure of...

Published September 2019

El Gusto forced to quit

El Gusto forced to quit. The Belgian magazine has been forced out of magazine stands by the government. The 25th issue won’t appear in the Belgian newsstands or tobacconist shops....

Published August 2019

Is there hope?

Is there hope? Is the anti-smoke movement overstepping and are people getting tired of it? More and more stupid and harsh legislation is introduced. And Dayton, Ohio even announced that...

Published August 2019

The stupidity of cigar legislation

The stupidity of cigar legislation. We get it, cigarettes are bad. And we agree with that. Cigarettes are tobacco, cigars are tobacco, so cigars must be bad, right? Well, no!...

Published July 2019

Always support the little guys

Always support the little guys. And no, we don’t mean just the boutique blends. What we mean are the privately owned cigar brands and retailers. And that goes all the...

Published June 2019

Paris bans smoking in parks

Paris bans smoking in parks. From June 8th, smoking is prohibited in all parks in the French capital. And if you get caught smoking, you will receive a 38 euro...

Published June 2019

The stupidity of the new wave of legislation

The stupidity of the new wave of legislation. And why it doesn’t work. This is an editorial. Inspired by the latest news from The Netherlands. I was born and raised...

Published May 2019

The Netherlands speeds up legislation

The Netherlands speeds up legislation. Last October, secretary of state Paul Blokhuis, of the conservative Christen Unie, released the ‘prevention agreement’. In this, one-sided, agreement the government and anti-smoke groups...

Published May 2019

Singapore is getting smoke cabins

Singapore is getting smoke cabins. The anti-smoke laws in Singapore are strict. And they are becoming stricter every year. Plain packaging is announced for 2020. And the legal smoking age...

Published May 2019

Cubacigar Benelux sues Dutch government

Back in 2014, the E.U. implemented a new regulation called Tobacco Products Directive and it would become effective on May 20th, 2016. And the TPD-II, as it’s called for short,...

Published February 2019

Sarawak Mayalsia implements soft smoke ban

Last year, on October 15th, we wrote about the new smoke ban in Malaysia, effective January first. And then on December 28th, the local government of Sarawak on Borneo, announced...

Published January 2019

New legislation, how the Dutch respond

A few weeks ago, secretary of state Blokhuis, from the smallest party in the current government, announced plans to make it create a smoke free generation that can’t afford to...

Published November 2018

Singapore is introducing plain packaging

Singapore is the latest country to adopt plain packaging for all tobacco products, including cigars. The Ministry of Health announced that yesterday in a statement. All packaging has to be...

Published November 2018

Grim news for the Dutch

Very bad news for cigar smokers in The Netherlands. Today a concept agreement between the government and anti-smoke mafia clubs was released and it looks grim. Very grim. Taxes on...

Published October 2018