Paso Robles, Calif. has passed a thorough new smoking ban, codifying the prohibition on smoking in all city-owned, leased, or operated buildings; within all places of employment; within all enclosed places, whether publicly- or privately-owned and regardless of any applicable fee or age requirement, that are available and open to the general public; in any city park or playground; at all outdoor public events; in common areas of multi-unit residential buildings; and within 20 feet of the entrance or exit of any commercial establishment open to the general public.

Violators of the ban, including owners and operators of places that allow people to smoke, can be charged with an infraction and subject to the corresponding fines.

The new law goes into effect on March 21.

Paso Robles is located in central California, approximately 200 miles south of San Francisco and 200 miles north of Los Angeles. It is home to approximately 31,000 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, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.