At its meeting on Thursday, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, effective immediately according to the version presented to the commission.

Additionally, stores will be prohibited from offering any tobacco products via a self-service display unless access to the entire premises is restricted to persons who are at least 21-years-old. Violators of the new law will be subject to a written warning for a first offense, followed by a $500 fine for a second offense and $1,000 fine for each subsequent offense.

Fort Lauderdale joins Alachua County as being the only municipalities in the state to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.

Fort Lauderdale is home to just over 182,000 residents and is located approximately 30 miles north of Miami.

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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 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.