Add West St. Paul, Minn. to the growing list of cities and towns in Minnesota to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, as on Monday night the city council approved an ordinance that will make the Minneapolis suburb the 49th to join the Tobacco 21 movement.

The increase will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

West St. Paul is home to just under 20,000 residents and is located 12 miles east of Minneapolis.

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.