The Tobacco 21 movement has found its first victory in Connecticut, as on Monday the Hartford City Council approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old.

The proposal received the council’s unanimous support at the Oct. 22 meeting and has been sent to the mayor for his signature. It goes into effect 180 days after its adoption, which would be at the end of April 2019.

Retailers who sell tobacco or tobacco alternatives to a person under 21 will face a minimum fine of $250 per violation, and could have their tobacco retailers license suspended or revoked for multiple violations.

Hartford is the capitol of Connecticut and has a population of 123,400 residents, making it the fourth most populous city in the state.

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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, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.