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New Brighton to consider ordinance raising legal age for tobacco sales to 21

June 11, 2019 01:27 PM

The City of New Brighton may become the latest Minnesota community to raise the age for legal tobacco sales to 21.

The City Council could vote on an ordinance raising the legal age at its meeting Tuesday night. Discussion of the ordinance is listed on the agenda.

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The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

A public hearing, meanwhile, was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Hennepin County.

An ordinance being considered there would also raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. And, it would restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to adult-only tobacco stores, as well as prohibiting the sale of cigars that cost less than $3 each.

Already well over 30 Minnesota cities and counties have raised the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21. Wilkin County in western Minnesota became the latest to do so Tuesday morning when county commissioners voted unanimously to raise the age.

Wilkin County is the sixth county in the state to officially adopt such a change, joining Otter Tail, Pope, Beltrami, Isanti and Olmsted counties.

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