On Monday night, the South Windsor Town Council voted 6-1 to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old, becoming just the third municipality to do and joining Bridgeport and Hartford.

While the ordinance did not include a date that the increase will go into effect, a report by JournalInquirer.com indicated it would be in approximately two weeks. The bill provides for fines up to $500 for retailers who sell or otherwise furnish tobacco or tobacco alternatives to persons under 21-years-old, while a person under 21 who attempts to purchase such products could face a fine of up to $100.

South Windsor is home to nearly 26,000 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.