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IPCPR Tobacconists, Pipe Smokers Celebrate Int’l Pipe Smoking Day

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Brothers and Sisters of the Briar Gather Sat., Feb. 20

St. Louis, Missouri 2/15/2010 10:58 PM GMT (TransWorldNews)

St. Louis, Missouri. February 15, 2010 – St. Louis, Missouri will be a center of the pipe smoking world at noon this Saturday, February 20.

That’s when International Pipe Smoking Day will be celebrated at the 22nd Annual Gateway Area Pipe Show at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center.  Local briar lovers will be raising their pipes in a salute to their pipe smoking brothers and sisters around the world as a show of friendship and unity that reaches across all borders, according to the Bob Callaway, spokesperson for the St. Louis Pipe Club, sponsor of the show.

International Pipe Smoking Day was designated by a group on Smokers Forums three years ago as a day on which pipe smokers everywhere could tell their story and educate others about the rich history and traditions of the noble art of pipe smoking. The group dedicated it to the worldwide community of pipe smokers that is bound together by a shared love of pipes, pipe collecting and the social aspect of pipe smoking. They respect informed choice and the responsible adult use of smoking tobacco and envision a world where governments act in good faith and integrity.

“International Pipe Smoking Day provides an opportunity for briar lovers everywhere to stand up and demonstrate with pride that we are still enjoying our pipes despite all the restrictions and increased tobacco taxes that the anti-tobacco forces have imposed on us. They just don’t understand the significant benefits that pipe smoking offers,” Callaway said.

International Pipe Smoking Day is supported by the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association of some 2,000 retailers of premium tobacco products; the International Committee of Pipe Clubs, which has members in more than 25 countries; and by the United Pipe Clubs of America, with its more than 20 member clubs in the United States.  Many other pipe clubs in this country and abroad also will hold special events on or around February 20 to mark the day.

“Our motto is ‘Relax with Your Pipe’ and that’s the idea we want to get across,” says Vernon Vig, President of UPCA which, according to the organization’s website was founded in 2002 to promote and protect the interests of the American pipe smoking community.

“Pipe smokers are mature, considerate adults. We don’t want to bother anyone, and all we ask in return is a little common sense and consideration on the part of others,” said Vig.

International Pipe-Smoking Day


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Contact:            Bob Callaway, 636-946-8555

Vernon Vig. 646-823-4543

Tony Tortorici, 678/493-0313

Clayton restaurants assail smoking ban

Clayton restaurants assail smoking ban

By Margaret Gillerman
Wednesday, May. 13 2009

CLAYTON — A group of restaurant owners told city officials Tuesday that a  proposal to require Clayton’s public places to go smoke-free could doom their  businesses.

But an almost equal number of business owners and people who work in Clayton  gave impassioned pleas for a smoke-free city at a packed hearing before the  Board of Aldermen.

Clayton is considering stamping out smoking in public places and is leading the  way in a new effort in the region. But Mayor Linda Goldstein said Tuesday night  that Clayton officials want to hear from all sides and ideas before voting.

At the hearing, opponents warned that Clayton businesses would have to shut  their doors and the city would lose sales taxes if the board enacted a smoking  ban without a similar ban taking effect throughout the metropolitan area and  statewide.

Mark Sandt, a bartender at Miso on Meramec, said that business was already down  30 to 35 percent in the current economic recession. “Honestly, I don’t think  that we can take another hit,” Sandt said.

On the other side, Fred Firestone, a Clayton resident and principal of the  Ethical Selling Institute in Clayton, said, “Please don’t be swayed by a small  vocal minority. To me, this is pretty simple. We should promote the health of  everyone by having smoke-free businesses and public places.”

Gerard Ezvan with Jon’s Pipe Shop told the board the shop had been around for  decades.

“Let the marketplace decide and not the government,” he said of the proposed smoking ban.

Tom Stern, president of Solon Gershman Inc. Commercial Real Estate, said he  opposed smoking but also the proposed ordinance.

“While the health-related issues of smoking are significant, you cannot ignore  the economic impact this proposal would have on the city,” Stern said. “For  Clayton to unilaterally impose this restriction will jeopardize businesses  which have supported the city for many years with sales, property and utility  taxes, events such as the Art Fair, Taste of Clayton and Parties in the Park,  and provide employment to hundreds who patronize shops, stores and service  providers.”

Gershman and several restaurants who opposed the idea said they would favor a  countywide or statewide smoking ban but not one that would create an uneven  playing field.

On the other side, Steve Ables, assistant director of the St. Louis County  Municipal League, told the Board of Aldermen that the organization was on  record as supporting “clean indoor air regulations in all public  establishments.”

“Clayton has the opportunity to be a regional leader in these efforts, joining  Ballwin and Arnold in our area, along with Kansas City, the state of Illinois,  among others and even entire countries” that ban smoking in public places. “It  would be a giant step in the effort to help maintain public health if the city  of Clayton were to pass such an ordinance.”

Clayton’s proposed ban has sparked a regionwide debate over smoking bans in  public places. Advocates hope it will lead to countywide and citywide bans and  eventually a ban throughout the state. Supporters include an overwhelming 77  percent of Clayton residents who answered a survey from the city.

Since the last hearing, other towns have followed Clayton’s lead, saying they  also will look into going smoke-free. Wildwood City Council members said Monday  night they would consider a ban on indoor smoking in public places after a  group of Rockwood Valley Middle School students asked them to.

Goldstein said she had received letters of support for a Clayton ban from the  city of Ferguson and Ballwin, which already has a ban in place. Chesterfield  has drafted two resolutions — one in favor of a countywide plan and another for  a statewide ban that will be considered later this month.