When the Alabama Legislature begins its 2018 session today, one of the proposals it will take up is HB 47, a bill seeking to raise the minimum age to purchase and possess tobacco products from 19 to 21-years-old.

The bill was pre-filed by Rep. Chris Pringle, R-Montgomery. Text of the bill has not yet been posted by the legislature.

It is expected to be referred to the House Committee on Judiciary once the session begins and it gets its first reading.

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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 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.