In Los Angeles in the US, posh suburb of Beverly Hills is preparing to ban the sale of tobacco products. "It reflects the values of our community", Summarizes the mayor of this district of Los Angeles who has already imposed drastic restrictions on cigarettes. However, some specialty bars may continue to sell their cigars.
Beverly Hills, a suburban Los Angeles suburb, is poised to ban all sales of tobacco or other nicotine-based products ... except in its cigar-loving clubs, which embody the city of stars and luxury. The bill was adopted on Tuesday at first reading unanimously by the city council, on the recommendation of the commission for health and safety. "It reflects the values of our community", Justified in a statement sent to AFP John Mirisch, the mayor of Beverly Hills, a small town of about 35.000 inhabitants, devoid of hospital or cemetery on its territory.
In the past, Beverly Hills has already imposed drastic restrictions on smoking in its territory: for example, it prohibits smoking in queues, stationary vehicles or in which minors are found. parks and gardens, on sidewalks unless you are "actively moving», Etc. The cigarette is even banned from apartments and other collective buildings.
The city council, however, received close 150 letters asking that the three cigar bars located in the territory of the municipality can continue to sell tobacco. The actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, also former governor of California, is one of them. He regularly attends the Grand Havana Room, a very select club for chair bar fans, of which he has been a "member since its opening".
«It is unthinkable that the city could adopt a policy that would provoke, intentionally or not, the closure of such a symbolic institution"Wrote the former bodybuilding champion. Because he sees a "fundamental differenceBetween these private clubs and the gas stations, grocery stores, newsagents, and pharmacies which, if the law is finally adopted, should stop selling cigarettes (conventional or electronic), pipe or chewing tobacco and cigars, to count the 1er January 2021.
«I am very familiar with the harmful effects (of tobacco) on health, which is why I support the general prohibitionSell in Beverly Hills, adds in his letter the Dr. Richard Shemin, specialist in cardiac surgery. But the doctor goes to the Grand Havana Room «several times a week to relax and enjoy a cigar».
So he thinksthat adults going to private clubs should be allowed to make these personal choicesAnd that the prohibition should not apply to them. The city council was obviously receptive to these arguments because the law, which should be voted definitively on June 4, exempts cigar bars taking into account the fact that they are attended only by adults over 21 years who have chose to smoke or expose themselves to passive smoking.
source : Lefigaro.fr/