On Wednesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed HB 473 into law, a bill that will raise the state’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products and tobacco alternatives such as e-cigarettes from 18 to 21-years-old.

The move comes as many states are updating their laws to reflect the federal minimum age to purchase tobacco, which was raised to 21-years-old in Dec. 2019 as part of a spending bill signed by former president Donald Trump. As states, cities and other local governments are generally the ones tasked with enforcement of the minimum purchasing age, they have had to pass bills and ordinances updating their laws. Only about a dozen states have not yet updated their laws to match the federal minimum age.

The increase goes into effect on Aug. 1.

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 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.