June 27, 2017 03:27 PM
The St. Louis Park City Council is poised to pass an ordinance that would raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21 years old.
By a vote of 6-1, the council approved a first reading of the ordinance at a special meeting Monday night, a release from the city stated.
The ordinance would also increase administrative fines for violations - from $250 to $500 for the first violation and from $500 to $1,000 for the second.
A second reading is scheduled for July 17. If the ordinance passes, it would take effect on Oct. 1.
It would make St. Louis Park just the second city in the state to increase the age to purchase tobacco to 21. Edina became the first in May. That ordinance takes effect Saturday.
The council discussed raising the age at a study session on May 15. Two informational meetings were then held for the 23 tobacco license holders in the city.
Updated: June 27, 2017 03:27 PM
Created: June 27, 2017 12:31 PM
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