Earlier this week, the Prince George’s County Council gave cigar smokers a legislative win, as the 11 councilors voted unanimously to legalize cigar lounges and cigar bars.

The passage of the ordinance clears the way for cigar businesses to offer a place for their customers to smoke indoors, while also enjoying food and alcoholic beverages.

New lounges must be located at least 300 feet from any school, library, park, recreational facility, or historic site, and must be at least 2,000 feet from any other cigar lounge. Stores will be prohibited from having displays or signs with “LED, bright, or flashing lights.”

In a report by WTOP.com, Council Member Calvin Hawkins said that the goal of passing the ordinance was to keep cigar smokers in the county as opposed to having to travel to neighboring counties or states.

The law will go into effect in mid-July.

Prince George’s County is located in the central part of the state, and neighbors the eastern part of Washington, D.C. The county is home to nearly 967,000 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 Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.