Date: April 2023
Author: Usman Dawood

Cigar enthusiasts and businesses in North Dakota are celebrating as H.B. 1229 was signed into law by Gov. Doug Burgum, allowing cigar lounges to operate legally in the state. This is fantastic news for the industry and a significant step forward for those who appreciate the fine art of smoking cigars.

After an amended version of the bill was passed by the North Dakota House and Senate in recent weeks, cigar lounges are now defined as businesses that generate at least 15 percent of their revenue from cigar sales. The law also mandates certain requirements that lounges must adhere to, including having a humidor on the premises, being enclosed by solid walls or windows, having a ventilation system, and not allowing smoking of any other materials besides cigars purchased on the premises.

Although a previous version of the bill included cigar bars, this provision was ultimately removed by the North Dakota Senate. Nonetheless, this long-awaited win for the cigar community has been a multi-year effort led by Rep. Dan Ruby, R-Minot. After being defeated by one vote in the North Dakota Senate in 2021, Ruby’s hard work and dedication have finally paid off.

The Premium Cigar Association expressed gratitude towards Rep. Ruby and Josette M. Dupree of Big Stick Cigars in Mandan, ND, for their tireless efforts and advocacy on behalf of the cigar community in North Dakota. Overall, this is an exciting moment for cigar enthusiasts and businesses in the state, and we can’t wait to see how this new law will positively impact the industry.

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