I saw an article in the paper recently about prices going up for those small size cigars or cigarillos.
Prices are not just going up a little but a lot. Since I pick up gobs of discarded cigar packaging, I'm kind of happy about that. In terms of brands, the litter I pick up is split 50/50 between Swisher Sweets and Show brand. Show brand is the one with the silhouette of the shapely girl working the pole. Some folks will be priced out of their habit and I guess that is the intention of the new law. There will be some restrictions on single cigarillo packaging and flavored cigarillos. Hey, we know you guys are marketing to kids! I know because I think I tried one of those cherry flavored cigarillos when I was about 16. It will be interesting to see if I find a decrease in this kind of trash come spring.
It's been 9 months now since Minneapolis put the kibosh on restaurants using styrofoam containers. I did a once around downtown looking at skyway fast food joints last week. I am happy to say that according to my rough and sloppy survey, downtown seems to be about 99% compliant. There had been a couple of hold outs. One was at an Italian joint and I saw that they have just switched over to the compostable products. I'm sure the styrofoam did a better job at keeping their product hot and less messy for the customer but what are you going to do. Grazie!
Before the holidays when the weather was still relatively mild, I went down to check on the homeless encampment.