With the summer here and parks being enjoyed more frequently, the town of Maiden, N.C. felt it time to place a total ban on the use of tobacco products in such areas.

On Tuesday, the town council voted unanimously in favor of a complete ban on smoking and the use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vapor, in town parks. The ban went into effect immediately upon passage, with violators subject to removal from the park and a $50 fine.

Maiden is located just under 40 miles northwest of Charlotte and is home to approximately 3,500 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 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 Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.