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Shoreview becomes 6th Minnesota city to raise tobacco age to 21

City councilors voted unanimously on Monday.

Shoreview became the latest in a growing list of Minnesota cities to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21.

The city council voted unanimously to raise the age to buy tobacco products at a meeting on Monday evening.

It is following in the footsteps of Edina, St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth and North Mankato to raise the age to 21.

Under Shoreview's amended tobacco ordinance, licensed retailers caught selling to those under the age of 21 will be fined $250 for a first offense.

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– Proposed bill aims to raise age to buy tobacco to 21 in Minnesota.

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Second to fifth offenses within a 2-year period will result in fines ranging from $500 to $2,000 – a sixth offense results in a year-long license suspension.

Shoreview isn't likely to be the last to raise the age either. KSTP reports that council members in Minneapolis are mulling a similar ordinance change.

In March, a state lawmaker proposed a bill that would raise the minimum smoking age to 21 across the whole of Minnesota.

According to Clearway Minnesota, doing this could prevent 30,000 young people from smoking over time. 

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