The minimum age to purchase tobacco and tobacco alternatives is going to 21-years-old in University Heights, Ohio after the city council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance at its meeting this week.

The city has not yet posted the full ordinance to its website, but the increase will go into effect on April 18. Ohio has seen a number of cities increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products recently, with University Heights becoming the 21st to join the list.

University Heights is home to just over 13,000 residents and is located 10 miles east of Cleveland.

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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.