While the Massachusetts legislature continues to debate an increase to the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, the Lancaster Board of Health passed its own increase this week, joining  more than 170 other municipalities where an individual must be at least 21-years-old to purchase tobacco.

Additionally, the board banned the sale of all flavored tobacco products within town limits. Both votes were unanimous, according to a report by LowellSun.comThe city has not posted the meeting results on its website, nor the full text of the proposal. The date the increase goes into effect was not disclosed in the article.

Lancaster is located just over 40 miles west of Boston and is home to approximately 8,000 residents.

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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.