'Cigar bars' proposal to get final vote by Bluffton Town Council

Bluffton Town Council will consider amending local codes Tuesday night to allow cigar stores that allow smoking indoors to also sell beer and wine.

Town code currently bans indoor smoking in restaurants and bars, among other public places. The so-called "cigar bar" provision received preliminary approval last month and is up for a final vote at 6 p.m. at Town Hall.

Several other municipalities in South Carolina allow cigar bars, including Charleston and Greenville, according to Bluffton planning documents.

While Greenville grants permits to new cigar bar establishments, Charleston has grandfathered locations open before its smoking ordinance was passed, the town says.

Attempts Tuesday to reach a town spokeswoman for more information on the Bluffton proposal were not immediately successful.

The council also will hold a workshop on the annual budget of the Heyward House and discuss in closed session a possible acquisition of land in Bluffton Village for public use.

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