In 2013, New York City made headlines for raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old. Since then, a number of counties in the state have followed suit, and this year the state assembly will once again consider making the increase statewide.

Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, D-67, has once again introduced a bill seeking to make 21 the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigarettes. She introduced a similar measure in the 2015 legislative session.

Assembly Bill 273, which was referred to the Committee on Health for further debate, has already garnered seven co-sponsors. The previous session’s proposed increase was also referred to the committee but did not advance out.

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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.