The smallest county in Maine is taking a big step in anti-tobacco policy, as the Sagadahoc County Board of Health has announced that as of Sept. 1, all tobacco use will be prohibited on county property.

The ban applies inside any county owned or leased buildings, as well as within county vehicles, all outdoor county government owned and leased properties, including parking lots, and even within personal vehicles parked on county property. The ban covers both smoked and non-smoked tobacco products as well as electronic cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices.

Sagadahoc County has a population of just over 35,000 people. The county seat of Bath is located about 30 miles northeast of Portland.

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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.