At its most recent meeting, the Bensenville Village Board passed an ordinance that immediately banned the use of all tobacco products and e-cigarettes within village-owned parks.

The ban went into effect immediately, though the city has said it will focus on education before issuing any fines to people in violation of the new law. However, the ordinance does say that the use of tobacco and nicotine products in village parks constitutes a nuisance and “may be abated accordingly pursuant to any and all available remedies.”

Bensenville is a suburb of Chicago, located to the west of the city and adjacent to the western side of O’Hare International Airport. The village has a population of just over 18,000 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, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.