In front of a capacity crowd gathered Monday night to learn the fate of a proposed smoking ban, the South Bend Common Council decided to delay its vote for 60 days in hopes of gathering more public input on the matter.

The proposal was tabled by a 5-3 vote and will come back in front of the council on July 14th. The proposal would create sweeping changes in the city of approximately 100,000 residents, as it would ban smoking in all indoor places including bars and private clubs. It’s the second time in two years that a smoking ban proposal has come before the council, with a similar measure being voted down in 2012.

Prior to the bill’s first reading on April 28, Councilman Gavin Frelic acknowledged that getting passed would be an uphill battle despite having support from four of the nine council members. Health concerns versus the ability of businesses to create their own environments remains the crux of the argument.

The full text of the proposal can be found here, beginning on page 61. Should it be passed at the council’s July 14th meeting, it would go into effect 60 days later.

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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.