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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated: July 17, 2017 10:31 PM
Created: July 17, 2017 08:54 PM
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