The village of Wilmette, Ill. is the latest to join the Tobacco 21 movement, as the village’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the proposal at its March 13 meeting.

The proposal will raise the age to purchase tobacco, but it does not regulate the age to use tobacco, meaning that persons over the age of 18 will be able to use and possess tobacco as they will be in compliance with state law.

Wilmette is located just under 20 miles north of Chicago and has a population of just over 27,000 residents.

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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.