Earlier this week, the Abbeville City Council unanimously adopted the Smoke-Free Air Ordinance known, a piece of legislation that will ban smoking in the city’s parks, government buildings and government vehicles, as well as in public buildings, when it goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

The ordinance does provide an exemption for both bars and bingo halls. Private homes and vehicles are also not affected by the new law. While the city has not posted the ordinance on its website, VermillionToday.com reports that it is modeled after similar legislation authored by the Louisiana Municipal Association.

Abbeville is home to approixmately 12,500 residents, and is located 150 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.