Parks and bus stops in Gainesville, Fla. are now smoke free after the city’s commission approved an ordinance on Thursday by a 4-0 vote.

The ban covers all forms of smoked tobacco as well as electronic cigarettes and vaping devices, and comes with a fine of $25 for those who are caught violating it. While a ban has existed at Regional Transit System transit centers and bus stops, it was loosely enforced according to a report from

Gainesville is home to approximately 128,000 residents and is known for being home to the University of Florida.

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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.