As part of his FY 2020-2021 budget, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is calling for an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, part of a health policy initiative that the governor is promoting.

The age increase is expected to cost the state $17 million in FY 2020 and $22.7 million in FY 2021. The governor did not, however, call for an increase in the state’s taxes on cigarettes or other tobacco products.

At this point, the increase would only happen if the budget is approved as a whole, something unlikely to occur given the traditional budgeting process that states go through. In Ohio’s case, legislators have until June 30 to approve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

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, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.