At its meeting this week, the Summit County Board of Commissioners passed a piece of legislation that will both raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old and require retailers in the city to obtain a new permit in order to keep selling tobacco products.

Both changes go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020 and will also apply to tobacco alternative products such as e-cigarettes, vaping devices or other nicotine delivery products. The fee for the permit is $600 annually and will be required to sell tobacco beyond Jan. 1.

Summit County is home to approximately 30,000 residents and includes the town of Breckenridge.

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.