This week, the Skagit County Board of Commissioners took a major step to limit exposure to secondhand smoke by unanimously passing a ban on smoking in public places, including parks, beaches and within 25 feet of doors to businesses where smoking is currently banned.

The ban is scheduled to go into effect 90 days following its passage, which would mean July 22. It will also apply to vaping and the use of e-cigarettes.

Skagit County is located in the northwest corner of the state and is home to approximately 126,000 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, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.