The next time you purchase a cigar in Nevada, be sure to have your ID handy, especially if you are—or look like you are—under 40 years old.

A new law passed by the Nevada Legislature last year went into effect with the new year that requires tobacco retailers to use either scanning technology or an automated software-based system to verify the age of a customer that is under 40-years-old.

Retailers that sell tobacco or vaping products to persons under 21-years-old face a fine of $100 for a first offense, as well as a $100 fine for not using the technology to verify a person’s age.

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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.