The hotbed of the Tobacco 21 movement that is Minnesota has notched another city, as at its most recent meeting, the Austin City Council unanimously approved an ordinance raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21-years-old.

Austin joins more than 30 cities, towns and counties to enact such an increase, all while the state legislature has a bill seeking to make the increase effective statewide. Austin joined neighboring Albert Lea as cities in Minnesota to pass tobacco purchasing age increases this month.

The increase goes into effect on April 14.

Austin is home to approximately 25,000 residents and is located approximately 100 miles south of Minneapolis.


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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.