Tobacco 21 Push Being Made in St. Paul

Tobacco 21 Push Being Made in St. Paul Click to Enlarge

(Learfield) Anti-smoking advocates are calling on the Minnesota Legislature to pass the Tobacco 21 ordinance before the session ends May 20th.

Molly Moilanen with ClearWay Minnesota says the House omnibus bill includes a measure raising the age to buy cigarettes and tobacco products to 21, but it is not included in the Senate version. Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) came out in support of the measure.

She says raising the age would reduce smoking among 15- to 17-year olds by 25%. 12 states and more than 450 cities and counties across the country have adopted Tobacco 21 ordinances, including 32 communities in Minnesota.

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