Being able to light up in a Nashville bar will soon come to an end, as on Tuesday the city council passed an ordinance that will force the ashtrays to be removed from most age-restricted businesses early next year.

The ban, which was passed by a 30-4 vote with one member abstaining, will go into effect on March 1, 2023. Once it does, violators will be subject to a $50 fine.

The ordinance includes an exemption for cigar bars, as well as hookah and hemp vapor bars. Cigar bars and retail stores were already exempted via a state law that allowed local governments to regulate businesses that were restricted to people over 21-years-old that had previously been exempted.

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and is home to approximately 716,000 residents, making it the most populous city in the state.

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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, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.