There will soon be a new city in Minnesota where the age to purchase tobacco products will be 21-years-old, as on Monday the Albert Lea City Council approved an ordinance by a 4-3 vote to raise the age and join the growing Tobacco 21 movement.

The ordinance does not change the minimum age to possess or use tobacco products, leaving that at 18-years-old.

While the increase has been approved, a date has not yet been set for when the increase will go into effect. According to a report from That date will be set at the next city council meeting on April 8.

Albert Lea is located in the southeastern corner of the state, about 100 miles south of Minneapolis, and has approximately 17,700 residents.

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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.