Forget about heading to a local park in Hampton, Ga. to enjoy a cigar, as the city has passed a ban on smoking within city-owned parks.

The vote came at the most recent city council meeting, passing by a 4-1 tally. The ban applies to the smoking of any substance, as well as the use of e-cigarettes or vaping devices. During the proceedings, an amendment was made to allow for an exemption to the parking lots of parks.

The ban went into effect immediately upon its passage.

Hampton is home to just under 8,000 residents and is located approximately 30 miles south of Atlanta.

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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.