The Chicago suburb of Aurora, Ill. is the latest to sign on to the Tobacco 21 movement as the city council unanimously approved a proposal that will make 21 the minimum age to purchase or possess tobacco and tobacco alternative products.

The vote came at Tuesday’s meeting of the city’s aldermen.

Persons under 21 years of age who purchase or possess tobacco will face fines beginning at $100 and escalating to $750 for multiple offenses.

Aurora joins Chicago and 17 other municipalities in the state to enact such an increase.

Aurora is located 41 miles west of Chicago and has a population of just over 201,000 residents.

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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, 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.