The proposal has been in the works for more than nine months, and yesterday it became official: Portland, Ore. will have a ban on smoking in parks, golf courses, natural areas and community centers as of July 1.

The ban prohibits the use of cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookahs, clove cigarettes, snuff and marijuana. There is a provision to allow the non-commercial use of tobacco for Native American religious ceremonies.

The city now begins an education campaign to make the public aware of the ban, and while the ban provides for a misdemeanor citation and ejection from a park for violators, staff are being instructed to use education as the primary means of enforcement.

Portland is Oregon’s most populous city, with a population of nearly 610,000 people. The Portland metro area numbers more than 2.3 million residents.

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.