St. Louis County, Mo. took a big step towards raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products on Tuesday night, as the county council approved the first reading of the proposal by a 5-0 vote with one abstention.

The proposal to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21-years-old was announced last week, as St. Louis County Councilman Dr. Sam Page, an anesthesiologist and professor, said that he would present the ordinance to the council at last night’s meeting. Fox 2 News reports that a total of 33 residents addressed the council about the increase, 19 speaking in favor and 14 speaking against the proposal.

The bill will get a second reading and vote on Sept. 6. If approved at that meeting, it goes to the county executive for his signature, and if signed, the increase would go into effect on Dec. 1.

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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 previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.