The age to purchase tobacco and alternative nicotine products will soon be increasing in Powell, Ohio, as on Tuesday night the city council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance to increase the minimum age to 21-years-old.

The effective date has not yet been announced by the city, as the ordinance simply states that it shall take effect at the earliest day allowed by law.

Retailers who sell tobacco will face a fine of up to $500 for a first offense, with subsequent fines ranging up to $1,000.

Powell has a population of approximately 12,511 residents and is located 18 miles north of Columbus.

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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.