Yesterday, the Belmont Board of Health voted to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine delivery devices within the city to 21 years of age. The vote followed a public hearing on the matter and brings a resolution to something that the board has been considering since at least the start of August.

According to a post on the city’s website, the board will also impose guidelines on the sale of flavored cigar wrappers and associated products favored by many youths to make smoking more enjoyable.

The board has also been reported to be considering 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, though nothing has been reported on those issues.

The new regulation goes into effect on January 1, 2015.

Belmont is a suburb of Boston and home to approximately 25,000 residents.


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.