In just over the course of two years, the city of Pendleton went from rejecting a proposal to ban smoking in city parks to unanimously voting to extend it indefinitely. At its most recent meeting, the Pendleton City Council voted 8-0 to remove the sunset date from the ban passed in 2017, meaning that until new legislation is passed, it will be a crime to light up in parks.

The ban covers all 22 of the city’s parks as well as the city’s skate park, though enforcement appears to be limited. According to a report by EastOregonian.comthe city’s police department has not been patrolling the parks looking for violators and has no plans to do so in the future.

Pendleton is located in northeastern Oregon, roughly 220 miles east of Portland. It is home to approximately 17,000 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.