Arnie Could Face Charges Over Airport Cigar

But was it lit?
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2011 11:32 AM CDT
Arnold Schwarzenegger Could Face Charges for Allegedly Smoking a Cigar in Austrian Airport
Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger enjoys a cigar while he has lunch at a cafe August 9, 2000 in Beverly Hills CA.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Was it lit or was it cold? The status of a cigar in Arnold Schwarzenegger's mouth at an Austrian airport could decide whether or not he faces legal action. Smoking at airports is banned in Austria and an anti-smoking lobby said today it plans to launch a suit against the former California governor for puffing on a stogie after arriving in June at Salzburg Airport.

But officials suggest the charges will go up in smoke. Arnie can ignore any requests from authorities in his homeland to respond since the charge is not covered by treaties, a Salzburg legal expert said. And an airport spokesman even says the cigar was out. "Burning cigars smoke and there were no puffs for Schwarzenegger," he said. (Read more Austria stories.)

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