The Springfield, Mass. suburb of Chicopee has become the latest city to approve an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, as on Monday the city’s board of health approved a proposal to make 21 the minimum age by a 3-0 vote.

While the city has not yet posted the board’s meeting agenda or anything related to the increase on its website, a report from indicates that the increase will go into effect on April 22. Retailers will face a $100 fine for a first violation of selling tobacco or e-cigarettes to someone under 21, which then increases to $200 for a second offense within two years and $300 for any subsequent violations.

Chicopee is located just five miles north of Springfield and has a population of approximately 56,000 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 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.