Yet another city in Massachusetts could raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products by the end of the year, as the Belmont Board of Health is currently looking into that change and several others, with a likely vote happening at its September 17 meeting.

The Boston suburb, which is home to approximately 25,000 residents, is also reported to be looking at creating a new licensing and approval process for tobacco retailers, banning tobacco sales within 500 feet of schools, banning flavored tobacco products and blunt wraps, and placing new requirements on the minimum price and packaging size of small cigars commonly found at convenience stores.

Belmont Health Department Director Stefan Russakow told the Belmont Citizen-Herald that he thought the age change, the approval process and ban of sales within 500 feet of a school will be the most likely to pass when the board meets in September.

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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.