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Kirby, Texas Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

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In October 2018, San Antonio became the first city in Texas to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old. On Thursday, one of the city’s suburb became the second.

The ordinance passed its second reading by a 4-2 vote, according to FoxSanAntonio.comThe city has not yet posted the ordinance to its website, but a summary of the ordinance indicates that retailers will face up to a $500 fine for selling tobacco products or tobacco alternatives to persons under 21-years-old.

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Kirby is located approximately 10 miles northeast of San Antonio and is home to just over 8,700 residents.

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Patrick Lagreid
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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 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.

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