The Cape Cod town of Yarmouth, Mass. will soon be raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age, as the town’s Board of Health voted 3-2 on Monday in favor of the increase.

The change will go into effect on July 1 despite the request of board Mary Craig, who requested that it go into effect on September 1, which is after the area’s high tourism season. The vote was not open to public comment, with board Chairwoman Tanya Daigneault saying that the proposal has been on the table for six months, according to the Cape Cod Times.

Yarmouth is part of Barnstable County and home to approximately 24,000 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.