The Other Tobacco War
Lukas, Aaron, Freeman
The U.S. Customs Service recently mounted a major offensive in the federal government's latest brainchild: the war on Cuban cigars. Agents swept through exclusive Manhattan clubs and restaurants, arresting managers and patrons alike. Once again, lawabiding New Yorkers are free to stroll down Park Avenue without fear of encountering a contraband Cohiba.
News reports evoked images of grimfaced, Prohibition-era G-men busting up speakeasies: "[Agents] searched the upscale restaurant Patroon and arrested its cigar room manager Alex Hasbany," reported the Reuters news wire. "The restaurant's owner, Kenneth Aretsky, former president of New York's famous '21 Club' surrendered to …
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Publication information: Article title: The Other Tobacco War. Contributors: Lukas, Aaron - Author. Magazine title: Freeman. Volume: 49. Issue: 1 Publication date: January 1999. Page number: 16+. © Foundation for Economic Education, Incorporated Jan/Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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