The city of Paola, Kansas has joined the Tobacco 21 movement, as the city council approved a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, e-cigarettes and similar items to 21-years-old at its most recent meeting.

The increase came as part of the city’s annual adoption of the Uniform Public Offense Code, according to a report by The city has not yet posted the new ordinance to its website, but the report states that the increase does not change the age to possess or use tobacco products, leaving that at 18-years-old.

Paola is scheduled to officially make the change on Sept. 18, once the code has been published in the local newspaper.

Paola is home to approximately 5,600 residents and is located approximately 45 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.