The new year will bring yet another new ban on smoking, as the Wareham Board of Health unanimously passed a ban on smoking on beaches and in parks and recreation areas that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

While the ban covers both traditional smoked tobacco products and e-cigarettes, it does contain an interesting loophole, according to Wareham Week, which noted that it doesn’t apply to a person in the water, but only on dry land. In theory, a person could have both feet in the water and be smoking a cigar without being in violation of the new law.

The ban also applies to beaches in the census designated community of Onset, which has a population of nearly 1,600 residents.

Wareham is home to nearly 22,000 residents and is located in the Cape Cod area, in the southeast corner of the state.

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, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.