Tapping into traditional First Amendment values

While I don't have much to say today, Glenn Reynolds' link to Iowahawk (currently under suspension for "prohibited activities") led to an interesting discovery. Apparently, there is an official cigarette of the First Amendment:

When protesting the Orwellian suspension of Iowahawk, enjoy the rich menthol flavor of Kools - the official cigarette of the First Amendment. Now in the exclusive crush-proof box!
There's a nice picture of the pack, and I'm not only 100% in favor of the idea, but I thought I would add a handy observation I've made before: You don't need to be a smoker to deploy cigarettes in defense of the First Amendment!

Americans still have the right to keep and bear cigarettes anywhere -- even in places where smoking is verboten. I have long advocated not only keeping and bearing, but also deliberately brandishing them as a means of protest:

Even where smoking is banned, there's still a right to carry.
Yes, and there is a right to brandish, fondle, grow your own, and even go tap, tap, tap!
Simply go out and buy a pack of cigarettes. They're expensive, but still legal to buy and own, even in places which criminalize smoking, but the neat thing here is that if you're a non-smoker you only need to buy one pack, to have months or years of fun. There is a right to carry in all fifty states.

So you just take your pack of cigarettes, and simply brandish it in public! Take it out and tap it on your hand, on a table, anywhere! That little "Tap tap tap!" is the sound of freedom, and it irritates the anti-smokers almost as much as the sound of a match being struck! Yes, striking matches is still legal in most places too. And so is taking out a single cigarette and tapping it. Sure, you can't smoke it, but if you're a non-smoker that's beside the point.

You're just exercising your First Amendment right to freedom of expression.

Where else can you have so much fun for a few bucks?

I even came up with a nostalgic cigarette brand:


Ideal for tapping during today's troubled times.

posted by Eric on 11.13.10 at 01:01 PM


I love it. Seriously, now I'm going to have to go get a pack of Marlboro.

I do smoke cigars. Occasionally I'll walk around with one, unlit, in my mouth.

I've often received some snide comments, but I had never thought of doing it for that purpose.
I'm a little embarrassed right now.

Veeshir   ·  November 13, 2010 4:05 PM

Actually, by chomping on a cigar, you get the additional effect of the nicotine!

So chomp for pleasure, and with pride!

Eric Scheie   ·  November 13, 2010 7:02 PM

I love the idea. LOL

Kathy Kinsley   ·  November 14, 2010 11:42 AM

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