Minneapolis City Council Votes to Raise Age for Tobacco Sales to 21

Minneapolis City Council Votes to Raise Age for Tobacco Sales to 21 Photo: City of Minneapolis

May 25, 2018 11:22 AM

By a vote of 13-0, the Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution Friday morning that will raise the age of tobacco sales in the city to 21.

The resolution will go into effect on Oct. 1. The current legal age to purchase tobacco in Minneapolis is 18.

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Council member Andrew Johnson, who co-authored the resolution, said the measure brings Minneapolis into line with other neighboring communities.

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Falcon Heights and Shoreview each voted to raise the age in their cities to 21 earlier this month. In the metro area, Edina, St. Louis Park, Bloomington, and Plymouth have also passed resolutions raising the age to 21.

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"Minneapolis loves to lead on issues," Johnson said. "But in this case, we've seen a lot of our suburban and exburban partners leading on this. And we're proud to join them."

Council member Lisa Goodman spoke of her mother, whom she said is now on oxygen after years and years of smoking.

"When I go home this weekend to see my Mom, I'll be able to tell her I did something that might have prevented her being put on oxygen," she said of her vote.

Mayor Jacob Frey praised the council's action and thanked advocates for the measure.

"Today kids in Minneapolis continued blazing a trail for change in Minneapolis and around our state," Frey said in a statement.

"Passing this ordinance marks a resounding victory for our kids' health and a tipping point for a change in state law. Our city is joining a coalition fighting the tobacco lobby to reduce youth smoking."
 

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