Less than a year ago, a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products failed in Jefferson City, the state capitol of Missouri. Yesterday, the city council approved a proposal to do the same thing by a 6-4 vote, enacting a change that goes into effect immediately.

The new law also applies to vaping products, and while adults under 21 will no longer be able to purchase tobacco, possession will not be deemed a crime.

Fines for businesses that are sell tobacco or vaping products to a person under 21 start at $100, while a second violation in two years jumps to $250. A third violation within two years carries a $500 fine.

Jefferson City joins Kansas City as well as Bonner SpringsGardnerGladstoneIndependence, LeawoodOlathe and Prairie Village to have approved age increases.

Jefferson City has a population of around 44,000 residents.

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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.