On Thursday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed H.B. 6109 into law raising the state’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.

By doing so, Michigan’s minimum age now aligns with the federal minimum age that was raised to 21-years-old in December 2019 as part of a spending bill. However, enforcement of the minimum age is left to state and local agencies, who are only able to enforce the minimum purchasing age as written in the local law. As a result, states, counties and cities have been changing their own laws so as to be in compliance with the federal law.

The increase went into effect immediately upon Whitmer signing the bill.

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.