With the start of the new year, persons in Oregon wanting to buy tobacco products must now be at least 21-years-old, as a bill passed over the summer has fully gone into effect.

Oregon becomes the fifth state to make the minimum age to purchase tobacco products 21-years-old, joining Hawaii, California, New Jersey, and Maine.

Retailers who sell to persons under 21 start at $50 but can reach $1,000 for multiple violations.

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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.