San Francisco city supervisors will soon consider a measure to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, a move that if approved will make it the second largest city to make such a change.

The proposal, proposed by Supervisor Scott Weiner, was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors’ land use and transportation committee earlier this week. It will now go in front of the supervisors on March 2.

San Francisco would join New York City and Boston as major American cities to make such an increase. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also sought an increase, but the city council has objected in recent weeks.

San Francisco is home to just over 850,000 residents as of July 2014.

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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.