A new ban on smoking will soon be coming to select parks across Montgomery County, Pa., as county commissioners approved the proposal to prevent lighting up during their meeting Thursday.

The ban will apply to both traditional smoked tobacco products as well as new e-cigarettes, with the goal of reducing litter and improving the health of county residents the main goals of the ban, according to the Reading EagleIt will only apply to parks outside of incorporated cities and towns, with a start date not yet announced.

Montgomery County is located in southeastern Pennsylvania, a suburban county of northwest Philadelphia. It has a population of nearly 800,000 residents, making it the third most populous county in the state.

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 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.