A trio of Minnesota cities and towns passed tobacco purchasing age increases this week, raising the number of municipalities in the state to join the Tobacco 21 movement over the 50 mark.

On Tuesday, St. James passed the first reading of its ordinance, with a second vote slated for Nov. 5. It will go into effect after being published in the local newspaper.  Then on Wednesday the Golden Valley and Scandia each passed their own ordinances.

Earlier in the week, they were joined by both West St. Paul and St. Paul, upping the number of cities to pass Tobacco 21 bills this week.

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.