In episode 12 of the Cigar Sense Podcast we deep-dive with Guillaume Périgois into how draconian bans have seen a rise in Europe.

The European Union is often seen as a driving force leading the efforts to impose excessive regulations. But in reality, in the case of extreme smoking bans, it’s quite the opposite. Listen to learn about:

  • what causes unnecessary draconian smoking bans in Europe (such as bans to smoke in the open air, not only in parks, but even in your own yard)
  • what costs and consequences excessive smoking bans have on society
  • viable effective solutions

Guillaume Périgois is the director of Forest EU, the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco in the European Union, a smokers’ campaign group based in Brussels. The core message it sends to European policy-makers and the wider public is that adults who are aware of health risks should be able to choose to consume a legal product without excessive regulation.

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