At its most recent meeting, the Littleton City Council narrowly carved out what some hope will be a patch of tobacco-free heaven, approving a proposal to ban smoking in its downtown core, a five block by two block area.

The ban, which passed by a 4-3 vote, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016 and applies to most outdoor spaces, which would leave only alleys, private parking lots that allow smoking and rooftop bars and rear-facing patios, according to the Littleton Independent. Retail tobacco shops, private residences, automobiles and businesses not open to the public and with less than three employees were among the areas excepted from the ban.

Littleton is located 10 miles south of Denver and home to nearly 45,000 residents.

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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.