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GATLINBURG -- Weighing in at a mere 145 pounds, Ira Lapides hopes he won't have to
wait too long before the national media recognize his hunger strike.
"I won't have long before I starve," he said.The Gatlin-Burlier Tobacconist owner is preparing to give up food Thursday until he isgiven a chance by the national electronic media to tell tobacco smokers' side of the story.
And he's asking the rest of Gatlinburg to give up food with him -- at least for one meal.
According to a proclamation, the city of Gatlinburg, in support of the right of free speech
and equal access, encourages members of the community to skip lunch on Thursday in
recognition of Lapides' hunger strike. The city is supporting his quest to be allowed
equal access on the national podium.
"The official 'uneat lunch' will be held at Ryan's Pub," Lapides said. "Anyone who would
like to join me in a beverage should meet me at the Wendy's entrance at the Mountain
Mall around lunch time. This will be the start of my hunger strike."
Lapides, who holds a doctorate in economics, has been trying to POST an appearance on the
Phil Donahue Show since February 1992. He has sent producers of the show a Christmas
card and petition containing several thousands of signatures.
He has also sent recommendation letters to producers from some of the area's local
politicians, business owners and citizens, all testifying that Lapides would make an
interesting and rational speaker.
"This is my final resort," he said earlier. "I'm really not looking forward to this. I'm not
doing this over the tobacco issue itself, but over the fact that I've not been allowed to
speak on the issue."
Lapides said national media organizations have told him he would have to do substantial
tissue damage before he would be considered a news item.
"I can't understand this," he said. "It"s not about smoking, it"s about speech."
Lapides, who says he's "pretty well quit smoking" himself, said he invites all of the
community to join him in his strike Thursday.
"This will be the start of the first meal I'm going to miss," he said.
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95% of our orders are shipped the day they are received.
- You MUST be at least 18 years of age to purchase tobacco products in Tennessee!
- We do not sell tobacco products in Maine or Arizona.
- All Packages are shipped US Post Office unless you specify UPS.
- All Customers will be Charged for Shipping & Return Postage on any Refused or Returned package(s).
- International Customers: You are to check with your local customs & duty officials to see if there are additional duties or fees required, or if there are prohibitions on tobacco or amounts of tobacco which can be shipped to your country.
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- Prices subject to change without prior notice.
- No Cash Refunds. Merchandise credit ONLY on returns.
- We DO NOT ship cigarettes.
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Gatlinburg, TN 37738
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OUR NEW OLD BLEND
As with any avalanche of lemons into one's life, survivors attempt to make lemonade and so it is with the Gatlinburlier Tobacconist. G&B Tobaccos new licensing and stature as a Tobacco Manufacturer now presents many opportunities for our loyal long-time customers. Not only does this new status make the Gatlinburlier the only truly legal tobacco retailer in the country, but it opens opportunities for us to expand our lines, since our access to specialty tobaccos has been vastly expanded. We plan to offer special deals on our new products as we produce new blends and attempt to improve some of our existing blends.
Tobacco being a natural product varies in characteristics year to year. It takes constant adjusting to keep blends consistent in taste, color, and burning qualities. In many cases blenders keep several years worth of tobaccos on hand so as to phase out one years product while phasing in another years crop to minimize the changes in the qualities of the blends. Over the 37 years that we have blended tobaccos some of our suppliers have left the business and other tobacco components have changed so much that we think we need to make adjustments to a few of our blends.
Gatlin-Burley our Americanized English once contained a very special Green River Valley tobacco which became unavailable. Given our new contacts within the industry we now have access to this rare tobacco, and have re blended this great blend, with just a touch of Latakia to meet its original qualities.
Gatlin-Burley was a blend created to keep the smoker's interest and encourage the maturation of the smoker's own tastes. Thirty-seven years ago it was our flag ship. It was an Americanized English that seemed to change taste as the smoker's pallet change over the course of one day and over the course of many weeks.
As a special short term offer we will send you a two ounce bag of this fabulous rebirth of greatness for only $5.95.
This extraordinary blend mixes fabulously with our Cades Cove Cavendish and our Chimney Smoke to make it even more tame for the American taste. For those looking to find a slightly more mature taste than is offered by our "natural aromatics" - Gatlin-Burley is the tobacco blend they are seeking, but "Made Even Better®".
2oz for only $5.95