Amidst a flurry of changes to the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in recent weeks, the city of Manitou Springs passed its own increase at its Jan. 7 meeting, with the city council approving it by a 5-2 vote.

Approval of the bill was done mainly to facilitate enforcement of the federal change by local officers. Additionally, the ordinance combined licensing requirements for all forms of tobacco and nicotine delivery products in order to streamline administration and enforcement, and establishes guidelines for where new tobacco retailers would be allowed to open.

The state is also considering a bill that would standardize the age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.

Manitou Springs is located just west of Colorado Springs and is home to approximately 5,300 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 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.