This week, the Polson City Council gave final approval to an ordinance that will prohibit the use of tobacco and vaping products in all city parks and other city-owned recreational facilities, excluding the city-owned golf course.

The ban also includes a provision that would allow for tobacco use in connection with the practice of cultural activities by American Indians that is in accordance with the American Indian Religious Freedom Act.

Once the ban goes into effect on June 18, violators will receive two warnings, the first verbal and the second written. A third violation within three years of the first violation comes with a $100 fine, while a fourth violation comes with a $200 fine and any subsequent violations increase the fine to $300. All violations carry the potential of ejection from the facility.

The ordinance was approved by a 5-1 vote.

Polson is home to just over 5,000 residents and is located in the northwestern corner of the state, 70 miles north of Missoula.

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.