By Jennifer Mayerle

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Twin Cities suburb became the first city in Minnesota to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products Tuesday night.

In a unanimous vote, the Edina City Council raised the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 years old. The new ordinance applies to all tobacco, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes.

Cheers from local advocates who pushed for Tobacco 21 sounded as Edina’s City Council voted to become the first in Minnesota to require tobacco buyers be 21.

The Mayor of Edina leaned on data given to the city that showed raising the age from 18 to 21 would reduce the number of teens becoming addicted to tobacco – and said taking a stand on this issue was the right thing to do.

Supporters believe the city took a step in the right direction for future generations.

The ordinance will go into effect 60 days from today on July 1. Several other states across the country have passed similar ordinances. It went into effect statewide in California and Hawaii last year.

Comments (6)
  1. It’s too easy to use the 14th Amendment to over-turn the law — you don’t have to go to Harvard to see how it’s unconstitutional.

  2. Jack Hackney says:

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    I think we should raise the age to vote to 35 myself. By then most will actually have a totally functioning brain. And require the voter to be able to spell the candidates names too or some form of 4th grade literacy test.
    It would be a start to maybe cleaning up politics on both sides, but yes – especially the left. 😉

  3. Basil Ray says:

    Just another reason to avoid living or spending money in Edina. As if we needed more.

    Congrats on punishing businesses selling legal products legally, Edina. Keep it classy.

  4. It will never hold up in court. Rochester MN tried to change the rules in regards to Handicap parking and lost in court. Minnesota state constitution is different in some areas. Like how red light camera’s are not legal.

  5. Like what if Bloomington dropped the drinking age down to 16 for that city?

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