This week, the Keene City Council approved an ordinance that immediately increased the age for both the purchase and possession of tobacco and tobacco alternative products from 18 to 21-years-old.

Violators of the new law will face a monetary fine of $50 for the first offense and $100 for any subsequent offenses. The ordinance was approved by a 10-4 vote, with one member absent from the meeting.

Additionally, the council voted to extend its support for a statewide increase by way of a letter to State Sen. Jay V. Kahn, D-Keene. That proposal passed by a 13-1 vote.

Keene is home to approximately 23,000 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, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.