Legislators in Beltrami County, Minn. gave their approval to an ordinance increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and tobacco alternatives, raising it from 18 to 21-years-old by a 4-1 vote on Tuesday night.

When it goes into effect, the ordinance will make it illegal for a person under 21 to purchase tobacco, though it does not affect existing rules regarding the possession or use of tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping devices. What remains to be decided is when the ordinance will go into effect and how the increase will be rolled out. That is set to be decided at the board’s Feb. 5 meeting.

Beltrami County is located in the northern part of Minnesota and is home to approximately 46,500 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 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.