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Benton County, Minn. Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

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On Tuesday, the Benton County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal that will set 21-years-old as the new minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the unincorporated parts of the county, making it the ninth county in Minnesota to enact such an increase and the 40th municipality overall.

According to a report by SCTimes.com, the county said that the change will apply to 15 tobacco retailers who hold licenses in the county’s rural portions. It will not effect retailers in the cities of St. Cloud, Foley or Sauk Rapids.

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The increase will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

Benton County is home to approximately 40,000 residents and is located roughly 75 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

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Patrick Lagreid
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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 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.

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