It was a bad day for smokers recently in a small village in the shadow of New York City, as the village of Port Washington North recently approved an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21-years-old and banned smoking in parks on the same day.

The changes happened at the village’s Board of Trustees’ Aug. 3 meeting, with each change passing unanimously according to a report from The village has not yet posted the changes on its website, and an effective date has not yet been announced.

The village of Port Washington North is located in the town of North Hempstead, which is in northwestern Long Island. It has a population of approximately 3,200 people.

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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.