Time has run out on a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Massachusetts. While the state senate approved the proposal in late April, the state house wasn’t able to bring it to a vote before the end of the formal session on July 31.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) told WWLP-TV that there was disagreement among state representatives as to the merits of the increase, meaning it likely wouldn’t have passed had it been brought to a vote. That leaves California and Hawaii as the only two states to have passed statewide tobacco purchase age increases.

More than 130 towns and cities across Massachusetts have increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco.

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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 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.