When the city of Grandview Heights, Ohio increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco and other nicotine delivery products last month, it also made possession of those products by persons under 21-years-old a crime punishable by an unclassified misdemeanor that carried up to a $100 fine and 20 hours of community service or mandatory attendance at smoking cessation classes. At Monday’s meeting, the city council dropped that portion of the ordinance after the mayor and several members decided they didn’t like the idea and that it was included as more of a pro-health statement than anything else.

Shortly after the ordinance was originally passed, several members of the council said they had no intent of going after people for possession of tobacco or e-cigarettes, and when the mayor added his opposition, the ordinance was sent back for a revision, which passed 6-1 according to The Columbus DispatchEnforcement was seen to be a challenge primarily since neighboring municipalities have differing laws.

This new version will go into effect in 30 days and also includes a ban on smoking in outdoor recreational areas.

Grandview Heights is a northwestern suburb of Columbus, with a population of just under 7,000 people. It is the third city in Ohio to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, joining Upper Arlington and Bexley.

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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 Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.