Cigar Lovers Dodge Price Hike in Hermosa Beach, Calif.

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While electronic cigarettes were the impetus behind a proposal considered by the Hermosa Beach City Council this week, cigar smokers also dodged a bullet as the city was proposing that all cigars have a minimum price of $15 per stick if sold individually.

The proposal failed during Tuesday’s meeting, but the city could come back with revamped language in an attempt to curb youth use and access to electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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Also proposed was a cap in the number of tobacco retailers in the city as well as a new city-issued license for all tobacco retailers and a requirement that all little cigars be sold in packages of at least 20.

The council is said to be reworking the language and anticipates having it back on the agenda in two months, according to Daily Breeze.com.

Hermosa Beach is home to nearly 20,000 residents and is located in the southwest corner of Los Angeles County.

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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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