Legislators in Mississippi will be considering an increase to the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.

H.B. 507 is sponsored by Rep. Bryant W. Clark, D-Pickens, and would make changes to existing state law regarding the sales age to purchase tobacco and tobacco alternative such as electronic cigarettes and vaping products. It also would increase the minimum age for possession of such products to 21-years-old, as well as requiring updated signage in stores.

The bill has referred to the House Drug Policy Committee where it is awaiting a hearing.

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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.