Add Kansas to a growing hotbed where cities are increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, as the Kansas City, Kan. suburb of Olathe passed an increase at its city council meeting on Tuesday.

The increase was approved by a 6-1 vote and will go into effect this Saturday, Feb. 6. Olathe joins the Kansas City metro in the age increase, as both Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. approved an increase in Nov. 2015.

Olathe has a population of nearly 132,000 people and is located 22 miles southwest of Kansas City.

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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.