City leaders in Orinda, Calif. have given the green light to have new anti-smoking rules drafted up that will ban lighting up on outdoor dining areas and public events, as well as creating smoke-free housing in existing apartments and condominiums.

The city has already banned smoking in city parks, nature areas and trails, according to a report from the Contra Costa Times. Mayor Steve Glazer has said that he hopes to see the ban extended to city sidewalks as well.

It is expected that the first draft of the ordinance will be ready in “a couple of months” according to city manager Janet Keeter.

Orinda is located in the East Bay area, 17 miles northeast of San Francisco. It has an estimated population of 18,681 residents.

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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.