The push to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and tobacco alternative products to 21-years-old throughout Minnesota got another supporter yesterday, as the Mendota Heights City Council voted unanimously in support of a proposed ordinance that will do just that.

The increase goes into effect on March 1, 2019, which is also when all flavored tobacco products will be prohibited from being sold within the city, a move that was approved by the council in May.

Mendota Heights is a suburb of the Twin Cities region, located approximately 14 miles southeast of Minneapolis and 10 miles southwest of St. Paul. It is home to approximately 11,300 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 previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.