If you’ve been to Denver, Colo., there’s a good chance you’ve been to an area known as the 16th St. Mall, a mile-long stretch of shops, restaurants, retailers, and other attractions. One thing it will soon not have, however, is smoking, as in an attempt to make this particular downtown area more friendly to residents and visitors, the Denver City Council unanimously passed an ordinance on Monday banning smoking along the mall, as well as within 50 feet of the street.

The ban’s enforcement will begin on Dec. 1, with a fine of up to $100 possible for violators, though the council stressed it will be an education-first enforcement process, with fines used as a last resort for violators.

Prior to its approval, an amendment was added that will require the Denver Police Department to provide regular reports about citations issued under the ban, including demographic data, as there has been concern that it would target the city’s homeless population.

Another amendment that would have allowed the ban to expire after two years was defeated prior to the final vote.

Denver is home to approximately 683,000 residents, with just over 2.8 million people residing in the Denver metropolitan area.

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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 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.