At its most recent meeting, the Burlington City Council voted unanimouly in favor of enacting a ban on the use of all tobacco products as well as tobacco alternatives in the city’s parks and adjacent areas, which would include parking lots, sidewalks and bus stops.

The ban goes into effect on April 1, and will subject violators to a fine of $50 should they refuse to comply. However, city leaders have said that they are not looking to fine people, but needed a method to make the law enforceable.

Burlington is home to an estimated 52,700 residents. It is located 110 miles northeast of Charlotte.

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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, 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.