A number of changes are currently under consideration in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, as Bill 131, known as the Youth Smoking Prevention Act of 2013, received its second reading on Wednesday.

Among the most notable changes included in the bill are a prohibition on the sale of distribution of promotional items together with tobacco products; a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products; the broadening of the list of places that inspectors are allowed to enter and adjustments to the current list of penalty provisions.

The bill has yet to be assigned to a committee and currently sits in the debate phase of the reading process.

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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 Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.