Connecticut has updated its laws governing cigar lounges after Gov. Ned Lamont signed a bill that passed the state senate by a 29-7 margin.
The measure allows establishments selling cigars to also offer alcohol, a practice that has been prohibited since the state enacted a smoking ban in bars in 2003.
“For many of us, this action and support by the legislature is a symbol of support for our small businesses and an opportunity for our local shops to diversify, as we cater to a discerning adult clientele,” Nick Casinelli, the owner of the Connecticut Cigar Company in Stamford, said in a press release. “It’s also an opportunity for Connecticut to keep revenue and jobs in the state, given that cigar bars in surrounding states have been capturing such business. ”
Lamont, a Democrat, is the eighth governor in the nation to sign pro-cigar legislation this year.