THE ANTI-SMOKING LAW
Ley General de Control del Tabaco y sus Efectos Nocivos en la Salud
WHAT IS BANNED?
WHAT AREAS ARE BANNED:
Smoking of ALL tobacco products are now banned in ALL public places* - including bars, cafes, restaurants, clubs, the workplace, bus stops, taxi stands, elevators, trains, ATM's, shopping centers and hotel common grounds.
PEOPLE - CAUGHT SMOKING IN RESTRICTED AREAS:
BUSINESSES - PERMITTING CUSTOMERS TO SMOKE IN RESTRICTED AREAS:
On the streets (except taxi stands and bus stops) and Beaches.
OTHER PARTS OF THE LAW
It looks like it also bans selling individual cigarettes or anything less than a full pack•cajetilla that has 20 cigarettes
(the fine for someone selling anything less is 36,000-colones/$72ish!)
Cigarette packs and advertising displays MUST display text and photo warnings on the dangers of smoking on at least 50% of the box.
(I LOVE this as it was in the '60's when the U.S. Surgeon General came out with this law that got my mom to quit smoking - saying she had no right to tell us not to smoke if she was doing it!! CONSCIOUS Parenting!!!)
Advertising on billboards, events and promotions now have some sort of regulations but I have not found yet what that means.
Taxes increased 20-colones/.04¢-ish per cigarette
WHERE DOES THE TAX MONEY GO?:
60% goes towards Social Security System to treat tobacco-related illnesses and create programs to help smokers quit!
Electronic cigarettes • e-Cigarette • eCig • Personal Vaporizer or PVs
They are an electronic inhaler that vaporizes a mixed propylene glycol- and vegetable-based Glycerol-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, simulating the act of tobacco smoking by producing an inhaled vapor bearing the physical sensation, appearance, and often the flavor and nicotine content of inhaled tobacco smoke, without its odor or, ostensibly, its health risks. The device uses heat (or in some cases, ultrasonics) to vaporize a propylene glycol- or glycerin-based liquid solution into an aerosol mist, similar to the way a nebulizer or humidifier vaporizes solutions for inhalation.
NEED TO SMOKE?
There are still OPTIONS!!
Costa Rica’s Only Private Cigar Lounge
which allows guests to be able to smoke - and some of the best tobacco imports at that!
The way they've gotten around the No-Smoking law is they are a Private Club
(though the general public is welcome with a $5 admission fee)
9 Degrees North • 9°N has an exclusive selection of premium liquors, champagnes, and cigars from around the world to an elegantly styled lounge.
Each table even has an iPads on it.
Trinidad, H. Upmann, Arturo Fuente, Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, and Punch.
Tico Oro, Escazu Iced Tea, Rica Libre, Warm Night in Viejo, Long Kiss Goodnight, or the margarita called Ticarita. Another must try is the Arenal Eruption- a mix of rum with tropical fruit juices.
FREE Whiskey with Cigar Purchase
Thursday - 6-9pm
Ladies Night - Free Sangria & Wine Tasting
Friday-Saturday - 7-10pm
LIVE ACOUSTIC Music
Daily 4-7pm - 50% off all drinks and $2.50 CRCB Draft beers
CIGAR of the MONTH CLUB
*VIP - $500/year
Standard Annual - $250
Month - $25
Day Pass - $2
VIP Members receive their own Exclusive Private Humidors where they can store Cigar Boxes, Individual Cigars, Lighters, Bottles of Liquor/Wine, or anything else. Only they have the key and the staff maintains it for them.
Members will also have early access to exclusive events, promotions, and specials provided by local businesses exclusively for 9°North
Daily - 11am-12/midnight
Escazu (San Rafael) - Plaza el Cortijo #6 - el Cortijo Condos Laureles - on
9n.cr • facebook.com/pages/9N-Cigar-Lounge/231367690324165 • 2-588-2913
MUNDO de lost PUROS
The World of Cigars is a perfect place to relax, share with friends, discuss business and enjoy the art of smoking a good cigar. We are distributors of the most recognized brands in the world of snuff, and accessories.
Escazu (San Rafael) - Plaza Colonial
WHERE TO BUY CIGARS
(some even CUBANS!!!)
I hear THE HOTTEST CIGARS in the WORLD these days - even surpassing Cuban Cigars - AND winning MANY awards are coming from
When I was on Isla Ometepe in the middle of Lake Nicaragua we visited one of the main farms providing tobacco leaves to
Their Padron 1926 is supposed to be SUPERB!!!
This is a good thing since Bringing back to the U.S. - heck - or even Smoking
EVEN if you're traveling in another country!!!
Now, I think this law is BEYOND ASININE
BUT - I'm going to give you the warning anyways (both to cover my tush for printing ANYTHING about Cuban Cigars [OHHH MY - SINFUL!!!])
THE U.S. LAW
Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. Part 515, (Revised September 30, 2004) are administered and enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Criminal penalties for violation of the Regulations can go as high as $1 million for corporations, and
$250,000 for individuals + up to 10 years in prison!
Civil penalties of up to $65,000 per violation can be imposed by OFAC.
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