The vote on a smoking ban in Garden City, Idaho will wait for at least two more weeks, as Mayor John Evans has pulled the item from the city council’s July 28 meeting agenda, where it was scheduled to get its third reading.

The mayor has become a vocal opponent of the ban recently, telling KTVB this week that he thinks that it currently doesn’t make any sense. He is concerned about uneven age restrictions for hookah bars and lounges, which would require their customers to be 21, and premium cigar shops, whose customers would be subject to a minimum age of 18 in order to light up in the store. It’s the first time in his 8 1/2 years that he has felt compelled to pull an item from a meeting agenda, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Despite Evans’ action this week, the council could still override his removal and put it back on the agenda for a future meeting, the next of which is scheduled for August 11.

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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, 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.