In mid-January, the San Antonio City Council approved an ordinance raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18- to 21-years-old, making it the first city in Texas to pass an increase. Today, that increase goes into effect.

The increase also applies to alternative nicotine products such as e-cigarettes. However, it does not make the possession or use of tobacco products by persons 18 to 20-years-old a crime.

Retailers will sell to a person under 21 will face a misdemeanor and fine of up to $500.

San Antonio has a population of nearly 1.5 million residents, making it the second most populous city in the state and the seventh most in the country. Its metropolitan area has an estimated 2.5 million residents, the 24th largest in the country.

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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 the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.