At its meeting this week, the Powder Springs City Council passed an ordinance that bans the use of tobacco products and e-cigarettes in all parks and recreational facilities, which went into effect immediately upon adoption.

The ordinance provides two notes on enforcement: first, employees who violate the tobacco use policy will be subject to the city’s personnel policies and may include verbal warning, written reprimand, or termination.

For visitors to the facilities, they will first be asked to cease use of the product, and if they refuse they will be asked to leave the premises. If they refuse that, law enforcement officers will be contacted to escort the person off the premises or cite them for trespassing.

Powder Springs is located just over 20 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, and is home to approximately 15,000 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.