Duluth, Mankato Latest Cities to Take Up Tobacco Product Debate

February 13, 2018 11:45 AM

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Duluth and Mankato city representatives have taken different steps regarding the availability of tobacco products in their cities.

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The Duluth City Council voted 7-2 Monday night to pass an ordinance restricting menthol and other flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco shops.

Members of the Lethal Lure Coalition, which is working to stop tobacco products from ending up in teens' hands, consider the ordinance a win.

However, not all are on board with the ordinance.

Critics say it won't stop people from smoking and local businesses are concerned about losing money.

Meanwhile, in Mankato, city council leaders voted 4-3 against raising the minimum buying age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 Monday night.

Five Minnesota cities—Edina, St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth and North Mankato—have passed ordinances raising the tobacco purchasing age.

RELATED: As Tobacco Law Changes in St. Louis Park, Other Cities Look to Follow Suit

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