On Monday, the Clear Lake City Council gave its third and final approval to a ban on the use lit tobacco products and e-cigarettes in its city parks and recreation areas. The approval came by a 3-2 vote.

During the final vote, an amendment was passed that exempts smokeless tobacco from the ban, meaning that chewing tobacco and similar products will continue to be allowed, despite two council members who objected to its removal, citing that many users of such products are not responsible about the disposal of such products.

A violation of the ban will cost an individual $50 per occasion once it goes into effect following its passage and publication.

Clear Lake is located in northern Iowa, with a population of approximately 7,600 people.

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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.