Two towns, one night and an increase of three years in the age to purchase tobacco products. Shortly after the nearby town of Montague passed an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, the town of Leverett, Mass. passed a similar measure and becomes the second town in Franklin County to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

While the city has yet to post the decision, it was a unanimous vote according to Just like Montague, Leverett’s board passed a ban on flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes as well.

Unlike its neighbor, though, Leverett’s age change goes into effect on March 1. Montague decided on a July 1 change.

Leverett has just under 1,900 residents and is located in central Massachusetts about 90 miles west of Boston.

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.