Minneapolis raises tobacco sales age to 21

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey changed the City ordinance governing tobacco sales today to raise the age from 18 to 21. It will go into effect Oct. 1. Tobacco use is among the leading causes of death in the U.S. and Minnesota; in Hennepin County, one in seven adult deaths is attributed to smoking. Nearly all adult smokers – 95 percent – started smoking before age 21, and nicotine is addictive.

This ordinance came about with advocacy from the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota, Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, and the Minneapolis Youth Congress.

The Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the human and economic costs of tobacco use in Minnesota. Its core commitments are to reduce the number of young smokers and to continuously advocate for the rights and health of nonsmokers. It helped pass the nation’s first comprehensive state clean indoor air legislation in 1975 and continues to play a leading role in shaping tobacco policy.

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center is a multi-specialty medical, dental and mental health center and human service agency located in north Minneapolis. NorthPoint strives to improve the physical and socio-economic health of the north Minneapolis community through an integrated model of health and human services.

The Minneapolis Youth Congress is a representative body of youths that has authentic power and influence in decisions and policies relevant to youths. The Minneapolis Youth Congress works in collaboration with elected officials focusing on a common understanding of the welfare of the youth in the City of Minneapolis.

A coalition of advocates supporting the ordinance change also included: American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association-Minnesota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, ClearWay Minnesota, Health Partners, Indigenous Peoples Task Force, MAD DADS, Minneapolis Academy of Family Physicians, Stair Step Foundation, Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services of Minnesota, Tobacco-Free Alliance, and Twin Cities Medical Society.

Minneapolis joins California, Hawaii, Oregon, Maine and New Jersey in raising the minimum age to 21. Seven other Minnesota cities have raised the tobacco sales age to 21: Bloomington, Edina, Falcon Heights, North Mankato, Plymouth, Shoreview and St. Louis Park.

 

May 25, 2018

Published May 25, 2018

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