At its most recent meeting, the Munster Town Council passed a comprehensive ban on smoking in and around workplaces and public spaces, with some hefty fines for violators.

The ban applies to all workplaces within the town with few exemptions. Tobacco specialty bars and retail stores were specifically mentioned in the list of places where smoking will be prohibited, as our private clubs. The outdoor areas of bars and restaurants will also be smoke-free, unless they are restricted to persons who are at least 18-years-old.

It will also ban smoking in the outdoor common areas of apartment buildings, condominiums, trailer parks, retirement facilities, nursing homes, and other multi-unit residential facilities. Designated smoking areas can be set up, but according to the ordinance they are not to exceed twenty-five percent of the total outdoor common area, which must be located at least fifteen (15) feet outside entrances, operable windows, and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited.

In addition, a 15 foot smoke-free buffer zone is being implemented around all places where smoking is banned.

Individuals who allow smoking in prohibited areas can face fines beginning at $200 and escalating to $1,500 for multiple violations within a year, and can even be charged with being a public nuisance.

Munster is located just under 30 miles south of Chicago and is home to approximately 23,000 residents.

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.