Cities and states around the country are diligently working to bring their own minimum tobacco purchasing ages in line with a federal increase passed in December, and on Wednesday the city of Hibbing gave approval to its own increase, making 21 the new minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes.

The ordinance passed by a 5-2 vote and is scheduled to go into effect in the coming weeks, following publication in the city’s official newspaper. When it does, persons under 21-years-old who purchase tobacco can be charged with a misdemeanor, according to a report by MDJOnline.comThe city has not yet posted the full ordinance on its website.

Hibbing is home to approximately 16,000 residents and is located in the northeastern part of the state, just under 200 miles north of Minneapolis.

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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.