The small town of West Pelzer, S.C., home to approximately 879 residents, appears headed towards passing a smoking ban as the town council gave a proposal its first reading at their Monday, May 12 meeting and provided their unanimous support for its passage.

According to, the proposal would ban smoking in all workplaces within city limits, as well as within 10 feet of any opening or ventilation system to a workplace. In addition to standard tobacco products, the ban would also include electronic cigarettes. Fines for violating the ban would run $100 for both the violator and the owner of a business for failing to enforce the ordinance on their property, with the proprietor running the risk of losing their business license.

The proposal will receive its second reading at the council’s next meeting in June.

West Pelzer is located approximately 100 miles northwest of Charleston, in the northwestern 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.