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Arlington Heights, Ill. To Increase Tobacco Purchase Age

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On Monday, the Arlington Heights Village Council unanimously approved the first reading of a proposal that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and tobacco alternative products in the Chicago suburb from 18 to 21-years-old.

The ordinance, which passed 8-0, still needs to be approved on its second reading, which is likely to occur on Jan. 22. Once passed, it will go into effect in 10 days, though a report by DailyHerald.com indicated that police won’t begin enforcing the change for 30 days, following an education period for retailers. The law does not change the minimum age to possess tobacco products.

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Arlington Heights is located approximately 27 miles northwest of Chicago and has a population of just over 75,000 residents.

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Patrick Lagreid
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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 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.

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