'Cigar Rights of America' condemns decision to investigate Reds celebration with cigars

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cigar Rights of America (CRA) is condemning the decision to investigate the Cincinnati Reds for smoking cigars during their celebration for clinching the National League Central Division.

CRA is a national advocacy group for cigar enthusiasts across the United States. The organization is writing a letter to Mayor Mark Mallory and each member of the Cincinnati City Council, as well as the city's delegation to the Ohio legislature condemning this action by the city Health Department, and requesting exemptions to the state smoking ban.

"Today, Cigar Rights of America calls upon Mayor Mark Mallory and the Cincinnati City Council to rebuke the city Health Department, and direct them to stop this senseless investigation and waste of public dollars," stated J. Glynn Loope, Executive Director of Cigar Rights of America.

Several Reds players were smoking cigars during the team's celebration of clinching the National League Central Division, which would be a violation of Ohio's Smoking Ban that was put in effect in 2006.

The Cincinnati Health Department received several complaints, and Health Department officials are required to conduct inspections when then received complaints.

Rocky Merz with the Cincinnati Health Department told FOX19 last week that he does not expect any fines to come out of the investigation.

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