A number of tobacco-sales changes are coming to Maplewood, Minn. as the city’s board of health passed a series of regulations at its May meeting.

One that could likely affect premium cigar stores is that e-cigarettes are no longer allowed to be sold by traditional tobacco retailers, though current retailers will be grandfathered in. Additionally, single cigars must now have a price of at least $2.60 and anyone working in a tobacco store or selling tobacco products must be at least 18 years old, as the city did not previously have a minimum age requirement for those on the other side of the counter.


The city has a population of approximately 40,000 people and is located on the eastern side of the state, 15 miles east of Minneapolis.

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.