A city in left-wing California aims to become the first city in U.S. history to ban the sale of all tobacco products everywhere. Unless you are rich enough to join an exclusive cigar lounge.
Beverly Hills, California, is about to become the first city to ban the sale of tobacco products with an exception that would allow posh cigar lounges to remain in business, according to The Blaze.
The ordinance was passed by the city council on Tuesday to ban all sales of tobacco and e-cigarettes at all retailers.
“We are a city that has taken the lead on restricting smoking and promoting public health,” Mayor John Mirisch said in a statement. “Somebody has to be first, so let it be us.”
A final vote is set for June 4and if approved will take effect in 2021.
However, the exception is amusing for its blatant “privilege.”
The “cigar lounge” exception is a sop to the rich and powerful citizens of Beverly Hills who like to smoke cigars.
So, the city has crafted an allowance for the super-rich to join exclusive and high-cost “lounges” so they can smoke in pace.
In other words, Beverly Hills just took away the right to smoke from everyone but the super-rich. Or, in even other words, the super-rich are being given the OK to smoke when no one else is allowed to.
Seriously. It’s all about the privilege.
Now, isn’t it the liberals — like those running let-wing Beverly Hills — that keep running around telling people that “no one should tell us what we can do with our bodies”?
But now we can’t smoke there?
Do liberals make any sense at all?
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