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Permit renewal for Smokey Joe's cigar shop has been denied

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A popular downtown Springfield cigar shop's permit will not be renewed.

This comes after several neighbors that live in the condominiums above Smokey Joe's cigar shop have complained of smoke seeping into their homes.

The condo owner we spoke to said she’s happy with this decision.

The notice by the health department was handed down tonight and does not renew their lease starting January 1 of next year.

Carol Rushby loves her Worthington Street condominium and has lived here for many years, but she said she doesn't like the smoke that comes from Smokey Joe's cigar shop down below.

"I’ll be watching TV and all of a sudden my eyes will start blurring," Carol said. 

Carol isn't alone, as she serves on the board of trustees for McIntosh association and said she's heard from numerous people about the effects of second hand smoke.

"Alot of people are asthmatic. There are children and the smoke is really bothering them."

After some residents left the complex, the condo board brought the issue to the Springfield's board of health.

After meetings and various inspections that were done inside the complex, the board of health decided not to renew the lease of the smoke shop.

A statement reads in part:

"These cigar smoke odors have interfered with their rights to use, enjoy, and occupy their property, and have reduced quality of life and caused loss of tenants."

Carol said she loves living downtown, but the smoke is too much to handle at times.

“It’s insane in this day and age to have a smoking lounge in a residential building with 40 units and children. It’s crazy.” 

We did reach out to Smokey Joe's and the attorney representing the shop for their reaction on this, but have not received a response.

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