A ban on the use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and other inhalant systems, was approved by the Woodburn City Council at its most recent meeting.

The idea has been in the works since late June, when former Mayor Nancy Kirkse made the request to the council that city staff begin researching similar ordinances in other cities with the intent of drafting one for Woodburn. The ordinance got the go-ahead to be drafted in July and was passed at the Aug. 12 meeting.

Violators will be subject to a $125 if caught using tobacco products in city parks.

Woodburn is home to just under 26,000 residents and is located 30 miles south of Portland.

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.