A new smoking ban will be coming to Ashland, Ore. next month, as the Ashland City Council approved a proposal that has been in the works since November on Tuesday night.

When it goes into effect in 30 days, smoking will be prohibited on public sidewalks in the downtown area, as well as within 10 feet of a public sidewalk. A 10 foot ban is also being put in place around doors, windows and vents that lead to a building or other enclosed space. Violators could face a fine of $130.

News of the law’s passage was reported by KDRV-TV.

Ashland is home to nearly 21,000 residents and is located in the southern part of the state, approximately 18 miles north of the California border.

Patrick Lagreid

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.