Wednesday night in Bridgeport, Conn. proved to deliver an overwhelming show of support for a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, as an ordinance before the city council passed with a vote of 16-1, as reported by

With the ordinance’s approval, Bridgeport becomes the second city in Connecticut to pass an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, joining Hartford, which passed its increase in October. East Hartford is also considering its own increase.

Bridgeport is home to nearly 147,000 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.