St. Louis Park Votes to Increase Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

St. Louis Park Votes to Increase Tobacco Purchase Age to 21 Photo: KSTP/File

July 17, 2017 10:31 PM

The St. Louis Park City Council on Monday night voted to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

The vote was 5-0. The ordinance goes into effect Oct. 1.

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St. Louis Park is now the second Minnesota city to raise the legal tobacco purchase age behind Edina, which voted to do so in May.

RELATED: St. Louis Park Looks Poised to Raise Age to Purchase Tobacco

Three states – Hawaii, California and Oregon – and 230 municipalities in the country have approved such a measure, according to a release from the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota, . 

The ANM says more than 95 percent of current smokers began smoking before the age of 21. 

RELATED: Edina Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

The City Council last month approved a first reading of the ordinance by a 6-1 vote. The ordinance also increased administrative fines for violations from $250 to $500 for a first violation, and from $500 to $1,000 for a second.

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