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Pima County, Ariz. Rejects Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase, Tucson Delays Vote

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A push to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Arizona’s second most populous county failed this week, as the Pima County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to join the Tobacco 21 movement on a number of grounds.

During the board’s meeting on Tuesday, the proposal came under fire for being an infringement on the rights of adults as well an ineffective way to punish retailers who sell to persons under 21, as penalties weren’t assessed until a fourth violation within a 24-month period.

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With the county’s rejection of the proposal, the Tucson City Council decided to delay its own proposal, as the city’s willingness to move forward with an increase was dependent on the county approving its version.

Pima County is located in the southeastern part of Arizona and is home to 1.039 million residents, while Tucson’s population is approximately 546,000 residents. It is also home to the University of Arizona.

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Patrick Lagreid
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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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