Tobacco use is about to come to an end in the parks and on the trails of Rowan County, as on Monday the Rowan County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposed ban on the products, as well as electronic cigarettes and vaping devices.

The ban will go into effect on July 1, with new signage to be installed at all park entrances and other areas, while old signage and all ashtrays will be removed. According to a letter sent to the commissioners by David Najarian, chairman of the Parks Board, violators will be approached by park staff or law enforcement and asked to cease their use of tobacco or related products; if they do not comply, they could be cited by law enforcement.

Rowan County is home to approximately 140,000 residents and is located approximately 40 miles northeast of Charlotte.

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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.