Davis, Calif. has joined the fight to make it harder for smokers to light up in public as the city council unanimously approved a ban on smoking in city parks and recreation areas as well as the city’s downtown plaza.

At its meeting on Tuesday, the council updated a 20-year-old ordinance that currently requires smokers to be at least 20 feet from eating areas and public entryways, as well other outdoor spaces.

When it goes into effect, violators will be subject to a $50 fine for a first offense.

Mayor Dan Wolk told the Sacramento Bee that the city is now focusing on banning smoking in multi-family residential units.

Davis is located 15 miles west of Sacramento, with a 2013 population estimate of 66,205 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.