The Eldon Board of Aldermen have unanimously approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, giving Missouri its 19th municipality to join what is referred to as the Tobacco 21 movement.

The ban also applies to e-cigarettes and vaping products. The city has not yet posted the ordinance to its website, so the date when the increase will go into effect is not available. A report by confirmed the ordinance’s passage but did not specify when the minimum age will change.

Eldon is home to approximately 4,600 residents and is located approximately 150 miles between both Kansas City and St. Louis.

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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.