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Albany, N.Y. Enacts Smoking Ban in Parks

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On Monday night, the Albany Common Council voted to create tobacco-free areas in city parks, with a $50 fine for anyone who violates the law. The ordinance passed the 16-member council unanimously, with one councilman abstaining from casting a vote.

Signage will begin to be installed in city parks indicating the areas where smoking is not allowed, and the council hopes for community policing to handle most of the enforcement, though ultimately Albany police will handle enforcement, according to News10.com.

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The law will go into effect upon receiving the signature of Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

Albany is the capitol of New York and home to approximately 100,000 residents.

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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.

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