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Hey slowpokes!

ONLY 4 SLOTS REMAINING.  We need a few more brave competitors.  You get a great free pipe, a chance to win BIG and a shot at the title!  What more can you ask for? Everyone can do this.  There’s even a terrific & informative link on the UPCA site to show you all the tips & tricks to slow smoking.

Sign up today guys!  Support your club!   Thanks!!

Seattle Pipe Club’s 9th Annual Western US Regional Slow Smoke

Officially Sanctioned by UPCA
Competition Leader Emeritus Chris Berwald

When:  November 12th 2009, 7:00 pm
Cost: $30 for members, $35 for non members
SIGN UP:Slow Smoke Sign Up HERE

GREETINGS Slow Smokers, Slow Hands and the just plain slow…(Oh yeah, you know who you are).  Want to join the Pantheon of Slow Smokers?  The Seattle Pipe Club is justly proud of our Slow Smoke contests.  Join our own last years winner Patrick Pritchett and Craig Watness, the US slow smoke Record Holder, and the rest of your  brothers to see who is the slowest in the Washington!

The trophy that goes to the slowest. Join the Immortals and smoke for the trophy and Glory!  The Top 5 competitors win a place on the Grand Trophy.  Coveted prizes go to the winners.  The Grand Prize winner represents the Club in Chicago at the US National Slow Smoke Competition in May 2010.

We have room for only 15 competitors.  Your competition pipe is a beautiful sandblast Savinelli billiard , tampers and tobacco will be provided by UPCA–the pipe is yours to keep no matter how fast you go out! So if you call yourself a pipe smoker then By Heaven, YOU NEED TO BE THERE!  We need every warm body in the Seattle Pipe Club to turn out and cheer your brothers on to VICTORY!  Because one of these MEN will win this coveted golden beauty and have their name engraved among the Immortals.

  • CIPC rules will be applied.  Bone up on slow smoke rules and secret techniques on the United Pipe Clubs of America .  Is there really a secret to winning?  Of course–smoke slowly! See the Preparing To Compete pages to learn how.
  • The Seattle Pipe Club is a founding member of UPCA and as such can send our slow smoke winner to compete nationally or possibly internationally–if we’re sloooow enough!
  • Prizes to be announced next month but will include fine single malt scotch, leather goods, custom tamper, T-shirts and more!

BEHOLD past year’s Pantheon of Slow Smoke Immortals! Sign up today!

ATTEND! and watch the competitors chances of winning go up in smoke.

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Steering Committee

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Flavored Tobacco Ban Takes Root at C.U.

Cornell Daily Sun

October 28, 2009 – 3:51am
By Lawrence Lan

The faint scent of cherry, vanilla or chocolate can no longer be detected in the cigarette smoke that lingers over the small patch of asphalt leading past Rand Hall or the walkway adjoining Uris and Olin Libraries. The smoke of regular, straight tobacco prevails these days as a direct result of a recent federal ban on cigarettes enhanced with fragrances.

The ban, which took effect Sept. 22, applies to the manufacture, shipment or sale of cigarettes flavored to taste like cloves, candy or fruit. As part of a national effort by the Food and Drug Administration to reduce smoking in the United States, this provision belongs to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law on June 22.

Under this legislation, the FDA has the authority to regulate the marketing and manufacture of tobacco products, though it cannot ban regular cigarettes, cigars or smokeless tobacco.

“… A cigarette or any of its component parts (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) shall not contain, as a constituent…or additive, an artificial flavor or natural flavor (other than tobacco or menthol) or an herb or spice, including strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry or coffee, that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke,” according to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The FDA maintains that cigarettes flavored to taste like cloves, candy or fruit lure children into smoking. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D. stated that approximately 90 percent of adult smokers start smoking as teenagers in a news release last month. These flavored cigarettes act as a gateway for many children and young adults to become regular smokers, according to Hamburg.

While the ban also applies to flavored loose tobacco, which smokers can use to roll their own cigarettes, it does not extend its reach to pipe tobacco — such as the tobacco used in hookahs — chewing tobacco or cigars.

One notable exemption is menthol-flavored cigarettes, which remain legal in the wake of the month-old ban. Congress explicitly declined to prohibit mentholated cigarettes, which are statistically the most popular type of flavored cigarettes and a significant source of revenue to tobacco companies. A federal menthol ban could potentially spark an enormous bootlegging crisis, according to congressional aides and tobacco activists, the Wall Street Journal recently reported.

The legislation outlining the ban, however, fails to clearly define what constitutes a cigarette. The primary distinction between cigarettes and cigars is the wrapping: while cigarettes feature tobacco wrapped with paper, cigars feature tobacco wrapped in tobacco or paper derived from tobacco. Another tobacco product, the cigarillo, is smaller than a typical cigar but larger than a small cigar.

Confusion remains over whether cigarillos like Black & Mild — which manufactures cigarillos with flavors such as apple, cherry, and vanilla — fall under the scope of the ban. Clove cigars are also stirring controversy. According to Prof. Richard Klein, Romance Studies, “clove cigarette manufacturers, [primarily] based in Indonesia, have already found ways to circumvent the law by manufacturing little clove ‘cigars’ which do not fall into its purview.”

Kretek International, Inc., the top national distributor of clove cigarettes, has recently filed a lawsuit against the FDA for “deliberately obfuscating” the “definition of a cigarette.” The distributor’s new line of Djarum clove cigars have come under investigation by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

In the local Cornell and Ithaca communities, smokers and non-smokers alike question the effectiveness of the ban and its objective of deterring youth from smoking.

Mary Godec ’11 lauded the notion of trying to reduce smoking among youth, but doubted the impact the ban will continue to have. “The FDA ban is a step in the right direction, as far as preventing younger people from starting a bad habit is concerned, but it won’t be a particularly effective step,” she said. “New smokers will likely turn to menthol cigarettes, the only flavored cigarette left in the market.”

Godec also disagreed with the authority granted to the FDA to regulate tobacco products. “The ban hasn’t affected me directly, but it has made an impact in the sense that it’s yet another infringement on my freedom to smoke,” she said.

Admitting that the ban on flavored cigarettes could potentially deter a subset of the youth from smoking, Shachia Kyaagba ’11 still harbored some skepticism. “I believe the ban will reduce the number of children who start to smoke, but not by a significant quantity,” he said. “Peer pressure is still there, so kids will still start to smoke regardless of the flavor of the tobacco.”

Drawing from his personal experiences, Jin-Sung Kim ’11 noted that he has never observed somebody start to smoke with flavored cigarettes. “The effectiveness of such a ban seems tenuous at best. Most smokers [that I know] have experimented with flavored cigarettes only after smoking for a while,” he said. “It seems like this ban might be hurting clove cigarette aficionados more than it is helping keep the youth smoke-free.”

Local Ithaca smoke shops have felt the subtle effects of the ban, as consumers look for close substitutes to flavored cigarettes. According to Brian Watson, a sales employee at Mayers’ Smokeshop and Newsstand, “[the ban] has made a small dent [in sales], but the ban seems to be more punitive than anything to be concerned about.”

Eric Thorsen, a sales employee at Mayers’ Smokeshop and Newsstand, called the ban “silly” as well. “I think just as many kids are attracted to menthols as they are cloves,” he said. “I don’t think [the ban] will have much of an effect in terms of reducing the number of children who start to smoke.”

Patty McNally, store manager of Mayer’s Smokesshop and Newsstand, has observed changes in the buying habits of customers who prefer flavored cigarettes.

“Maybe 5 percent of my customers smoke clove cigarettes,” she said. “Those smokers have turned to other tobacco products, such as flavored cigars, now that they can no longer get ahold of what they want.”

“It’s a sort of substitution effect going on with this ban. Consumers will just buy other flavored tobacco products. Kids who want to smoke will still smoke,” Thorsen said.

The Smoke Break adds walk-in cigar humidor

Benton Evening News

By Mona Sandefur
Mon Oct 26, 2009, 01:19 PM CDT

From Perdomo to Acid to 5 Vegas and Gurkha, cigar smokers now have a wider selection from which to choose.

Cindy SchmechelThe Smoke Break owner Cindy Schmechel said the cigar humidor officially opened on Friday inside the store, located at 601 W. Main St., Benton.

“This is a first for Franklin County,” she said. “We have opened the first walk-in cigar humidor in the county.”

Her husband Dan said many items have been added to the store since it opened on Sept. 1

“We had 99 products on Sept. 30 and are now up to 330,” he said. “We expect to do the same thing with the cigars. Cindy will be expanding the line to include a range of humidors for cigar smokers.”

Schmechel said that until the humidors arrive in the store customers would receive a humidification disc with their purchase.

“Cigars are like a fine wine and get better with time,” she said. “Optimum humidity for a humidor is 70 percent. When we sell cigars, customers receive a humidification disc and a ziplock bag to store them in when they get home. All you do is soak the disc in cold water, dry the outside and put it in the ziplock bag with your cigars.”

She said the roll your own variety of cigarettes has tripled since The Smoke Break opened its doors.

“I am pushing people more toward rolling their own cigarettes and have even depleted the distributor of rolling machines because it is becoming so popular,” Schmechel said. “I have also expanded my cigarette line but will not stop there.

“The next thing to stock shelves will be blends of pipe tobacco,” she said. “I will be setting up a blending bar where customers can select their own blends of tobacco and buy the blends by the ounce.”

Schmechel said she is still taking customer requests for more items for the store.

“I am trying to track down a particular brand of snuff for some of the people who work at the Galatia mine,” she said. “Since I opened the store, people have been giving me a lot of great comments. Folks say they are saving time and money because they were having to drive to Carbondale, Mt. Vernon or even St. Louis to get smoking supplies they wanted.”

Dan Schmechel said customers seem to flock to Cindy.

“People seem to just love her,” he said. “She takes the time to talk with them and all of them comment about how knowledgeable she is about the products she offers. People compliment her, saying the services The Smoke Break provides are excellent.”

He said he anticipates the store would be pretty well stocked in another six weeks.

A grand opening has been scheduled for Nov. 16.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 435-3333.

Smoking ban petition exceeding expectations

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Daniel WinnBy Daniel Winn

Smoking ban supporters are counting down the days until it is the law, but opponents say “not so fast.”

Opponents of the smoking ban are reporting a lot of interest in a petition, and they say support is actually exceeding their expectations.

Andrew Gray with the Kansas Libertarian Party says about one thousand supporters have signed the petition so far.

Some business owners say they have been surprised how many non-smokers have been advocated for their cause. George Finch with “Churchill’s Pipe and Cigar Shop” believes it’s not about smoking, but rather a business owner’s right to choose. He says government needs to stay out of it. Finch asks “What’s next? will burger joints only be able to sell cheese burgers to slim people?”

The smoking ban is scheduled to go into effect on December 4, according to local petition organizers.