Earlier this week, the Rhode Island Senate approved SB 263, a bill that will raise the state’s minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18-years-old to 21-years-old, and thus bring the state into alignment with the federal minimum age of 21-years-old.

The bill passed by a vote of 36-0 with two members not voting.

It now heads to the House of Representatives for debate. If passed by that chamber and signed into law, the increase would go into effect immediately.

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.