Bucking the growing trend of municipalities increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products, the North Plainfield Borough Council rejected a proposal to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 19 to 21-years-old.

The proposal came to light in mid-May, with the idea getting a favorable reception when it was introduced. However, at Monday’s meeting, it was voted down 4-2, though the council did approve a request to write a letter to the New Jersey Legislature in support of increasing the statewide minimum age.

North Plainfield is located in Somerset County, about 25 miles southeast of Manhattan. It has a population of just over 20,000.

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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 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.