A bill to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco and tobacco alternative products in Mississippi ran into its first obstacle during its initial hearing by the House Ways and Means Committee.

H.B. 835, which was introduced by Rep. Debra Butler Dixon, D-Raymond, was met with a split voice vote during its hearing last Wednesday.

The bill also sought to increase the fines for retailers who sell to persons under 21, with a first offense subject to a fine of $150, a second offense of $225, and a third offense subject to a fine of $300.

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.