Swampscott, Mass. became the 85th city or town in Massachusetts to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery products to 21-years-old, as the town’s board of health approved the increase at its meeting last week. The board also passed a ban on smoking and the usage of nicotine products in the town’s public parks and beaches.

Both changes go into effect in June 2016.

Swampscott is a town of just under 14,000 residents in the northeast part of the state.


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.