The growing Tobacco 21 movement in Kansas has claimed another city, as the Iola city council passed the increase at Tuesday’s meeting.

While the new law makes it illegal for a person under 21 to purchase tobacco, it doesn’t make it illegal for them to possess or use tobacco products, creating a significant loophole in the law when it goes into effect on June 1.

Kansas now has three cities that have increased the tobacco purchase age, as Iola joins Kansas City and Olathe.

Iola is located 100 miles southwest of Kansas City and has a population of just over 5,600 residents.

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, 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.