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Ontario County, N.Y. Legislators Reject Tobacco Age Increase Proposal

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This week, legislators in Ontario County, N.Y. soundly defeated a proposed local law that sought to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and alternatives from 18- to 21-years-old.

While there are 21 members of the county’s Board of Legislators, the county assigns a certain number of weighted votes which is determined by the population of the town, ward, or district that a particular legislator represents. The bill was defeated, with the weighted vote yielding 965 for and 3,388 against. Seven of the members voted in favor, 13 voted against, and one member was absent.

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Had it passed, the increase would have gone into effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State’s office, with retailers subject to fines starting at $300 for a first offense.

Ontario County is home to approximately 110,000 people. It is located in the western portion of the state, between Buffalo and Syracuse.

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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.

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