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Dover, N.H. Becomes First in State to Raise Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

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The Tobacco 21 movement has found officially spread to New Hampshire, as on Wednesday the Dover City Council passed an ordinance making it illegal for persons under 21-years-old to purchase, possess or use tobacco and tobacco alternative products.

The age increase will go into effect following the city’s required publication process, and once it does retailers will face a first offense fine of $50 for selling to a person under 21-years-old, which then goes to $100 for each subsequent offense.

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The ordinance passed by a 6-1-2 vote.

Dover is home to just over 31,000 residents.

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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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