A pair of legislators in South Dakota have introduced a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old.

H.B. 1250 was introduced on Wednesday by Rep. Leslie J. Heinemann, R-8, and Sen. Alan Solano, R-32. It has not yet been assigned to a committee for a hearing.

Five states—Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Maine and Oregon—have made 21 the minimum age to purchase tobacco, while several other states currently have legislation under consideration to join that group. Bills in Indiana and Mississippi have already been defeated this session.

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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.