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Richfield joins the 21 movement, raises tobacco-buying age

There are now 10 cities in Minnesota with the ordinance.

Residents in Richfield will no longer be able buy tobacco products unless they are at least 21 years old. 

The City of Richfield unanimously passed the ordinance during Tuesday's council meeting, with the ordinance going into effect on July 21. 

The south metro suburb the 10th city in Minnesota to join the Tobacco 21 movement. 

Minnesota cities that have joined the Tobacco 21 movement: 

  • Bloomington
  • Edina
  • Falcon Heights
  • Minneapolis
  • North Mankato
  • Plymouth
  • Richfield
  • Shoreview
  • St. Peter
  • St. Louis Park

St. Cloud was the first city outside of the metro to vote in favor of Tobacco 21 last November, but Mayor Dave Kleis vetoed it

Like other Minnesota cities, Richfield's policy includes the sale of e-cigarettes. 

In March, a state lawmaker proposed a bill that would raise the minimum smoking age to 21 across the entire state, which, according to Clearway Minnesota, could prevent 30,000 young people from smoking over time.

The Institute of Medicine recently found that raising the buying age to 21 could cut down on the number of teens aged 15-17 who smoke by as much as 25 percent. 

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