While lighting up a cigar in the hot Arizona sun doesn’t always sound like the most desirable experience, the city of Sahuarita has ensured that if you do decide to do so, it won’t be in one of the city’s six parks.

The city’s parks & recreation board approved the policy at its August meeting after a group of students proposed the idea and made a presentation. However, it’s not a city ordinance, but the group known as Student Wellness Advocacy Team, or SWAT, plans to take it to the city council next in hopes of making the ban an enforceable law, according to a report from TucsonNewsNow.com.

The ban also includes e-cigarettes but does not extend to the parking lots, meaning that for now, smokers can still light up on the concrete.

Sahuarita is located just over 20 miles south of Tucson and has approximately 27,000 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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.