Just a day after a bill seeking to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Indiana to 21-years-old was unanimously passed by its first committee, a procedural move brought it to a swift demise.

On Tuesday, House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, employed House Rule 127 to send H.B. 1380 to the House Ways and Means Committee for a vote; by doing that, he ensured that the bill would not come up for a vote by the Tuesday deadline for a committee to pass bills.

Indiana becomes the second state to fall out of the race to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products; a bill in Mississippi was met with a split voice vote during its hearing by the House Ways and Means Committee.

Bills remain active in a number of other states, including Washington, Arizona, Florida, West Virginia, Illinois and New Hampshire, as well as a bill at the federal level.

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 the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.