A number of local lawmakers in Minnesota are taking action with Tobacco 21 proposals.
Tobacco 21 is a national movement focused at raising the legal sales age for tobacco and nicotine-based products to 21 years old.
With the recent addition of Minnetonka, Minn., 12 communities in the state voted to enact the Tobacco 21 proposals. Other communities include Bloomington, Edina, Falcon Heights, Minneapolis, North Mankato, Plymouth, Richfield, Roseville, Saint Louis Park, Saint Peter, and Shoreview, according to Lakeshore Weekly News.
Here are recent highlights:
Power in numbers
In a 3-2 vote, Minnetonka lawmakers agreed to create a policy covering traditional cigarettes and vapor devices, the Lakeshore Weekly News reported.
Despite the passage of the ordinance, some of the city council members were a bit disappointed in the final outcome. The council voted against placing flavored vapor as part of the ban.
Patty Acomb, a member of the city council, expressed her concern.
“My concern is that it’s clearly targeted at a young demographic with the hope of enticing them, and ultimately addicting them,” Acomb told the Lakeshore Weekly News.
The number of Minnesota communities to adapt the Tobacco 21 legislation could rise in the near future.
The communities of Duluth and Hermantown are considering the initiative, according to WDIO.
Hermantown started discussing the proposal last March and an October vote is expected. Duluth city council members Zach Filipovich and Em Westerlund have been spearheading the effort, according to the Duluth News Tribune.
Filipovich declined to comment to local media outlets, while council member Joel Sipress told WDIO the move is in concert with denying the access of cigarette and vapor products to minors.
Under the Tobacco 21 proposal, businesses caught selling tobacco products to under-age customers face heavy fines.
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