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The village of Skokie, Ill. has joined the Tobacco 21 movement, as on Thursday the Village Board unanimously approved an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old.

It adds another Illinois municipality to a growing list that have passed similar increases, including Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Naperville and Highland Park, among several others.

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The town did not specify a date when the change will go into effect in the meeting agenda published on its website, while a report from ChicagoTribune.com did not mention a date either.

Skokie is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Chicago and is home to just over 64,000 residents.

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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 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.