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And it serves them right!

The International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association says it probably will not come back to Louisiana for conventions if the Legislature passes anti-smoking bills.

1 of the bills - a big tax increase on all tobacco products - failed before a House committee Tuesday.

The tobacco association also opposes bills that would ban smoking in any restaurant or bar.

The Georgia-based association says it expects more than 5,000 delegates to its August convention in New Orleans.

The group’s legislative director - Chris McCalla - says business owners should be able to choose whether to allow smoking in their establishments. He also says customers and employees can choose which establishments to patronize or work in.

 



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