As many of us have known for years, the Nanny State is alive and well — and growing; especially at the federal level. It is also well-known that tobacco and the demonization thereof at the hands of Uncle Sam (especially the FDA, which now enjoys statutory power over tobacco products) is a flash point for government regulators. Clearly, federal, state and local tobacco police will not rest until every cigarette, cigar and pipe has been doused permanently, and every pinch of chewing tobacco destroyed.
Now, at least one cruise ship line — Carnival — is considering marching side by side with the government nanny-staters. The cruise line is actually going one step better than the government killjoys. Carnival has announced it is “testing” the idea of banning smoking in cigar bars on its cruise ships. That’s right, if the cruise-line busy bodies have their way, passengers hoping to enjoy a stogie in the cigar bar, will no longer be able to do so. One proffered defense