At its monthly meeting today, the Evansville Board of Parks Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of a new smoking ban that will prohibit the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes at the city’s 65 public parks.

The city’s golf courses were spared, however, meaning smokers will continue to be able to enjoy a cigar in between shots.

The ban goes into effect on April 1. Fines and enforcement policies have not yet been publicized by the board.

Evansville is located in the southwestern corner of the state and has a population of just over 120,000 people, making it the third largest city in Indiana.

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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 previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.