The Minnesota Legislature is back to business, and on Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, among other things.

The bill, HF 331, was passed by an 89-41 vote on Saturday. In addition to the purchasing age increase, the bill will add charter schools to the law regarding the prohibition of tobacco in schools, will increase administrative penalties, add municipal license of tobacco provisions, restrict persons under 21 from entering tobacco shops, and allow for alternative penalties to existing laws.

A similar bill, SF 463, currently exists in the Senate and had been passed by the Health and Human Services Finance and Policy Committee and referred to the Finance Committee.

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.