Publish date:

Proposed bill would raise the smoking age in Minnesota

Five cities have already raised the smoking age to 21.
Author:

Last May, Edina became the first city in Minnesota to raise the smoking age to 21, and now a local lawmaker wants to take the law statewide.

GOP Rep. Dario Anselmo, whose District 49A covers Edina, has authored a bill that would raise the age to purchase cigarettes, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21.

If the bill becomes law, Minnesota would join California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Maine and Oregon as the only states in the country with a legal smoking age of 21. 

Federal law says 18 is the legal age, but states and cities can supersede the law with more stringent rules. 

According to Clearway Minnesota, raising the age to 21 could prevent 30,000 young people from smoking over time. 

Sen. Carla Nelson (R-Rochester) co-authored the bill and says they have bipartisan support, according to KSTP

According to their announcement, tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in disease in Minnesota, with more than 6,300 Minnesotans dying from it each year. 

Plymouth, Bloomington, St. Louis Park and North Mankato have since followed Edina in raising the tobacco-buying age in Minnesota to 21.

You can read the bill in its entirety here

Next Up

Union Gospel Mission graffiti side by side - Duluth PD

Vandals target longstanding Duluth soup kitchen, transitional housing site

Union Gospel Mission has been operating in the city since 1922.

i-94 crash st. michael - 2021.10.19

At least 1 dead after 'serious crash' on I-94 in St. Michael

That side of the highway is expected to be closed for at least a few hours.

House for sale

The crazy Twin Cities housing market is showing signs of slowing down

Agents are seeing fewer multiple offers and no inspections are less prevalent.

Ben Simmons

Simmons' reunion with 76ers lasts mere days, chance for Wolves?

Woj says the Sixers remain "steadfast" in their plans for Simmons.

mitchell ottinger

Sub teacher involved in 'sextortion' of more than 10 minors pleads guilty

Some of the minors he knew from the school district where he worked.

flickr ice castles new brighton 2020 - Greg Gjerdingen

The Ice Castles, a winter favorite, are coming back to the Twin Cities

The popular attraction was canceled last winter due to COVID.

joey meatballs

4 new vendors coming to Rosedale's POTLUCK food hall

Three restaurants and a VR company are opening soon.

flickr - Lorie Shaull - Line 3 pipeline Palisade July 2021

Enbridge misses deadline to fix its groundwater blunder

The company had 30 days to stop the leak it caused by not following its submitted plans.

wikimedia commons - the beach boys 2019 - joergens.mi

Beach Boys bringing 2021 holiday tour to Minnesota

The iconic band's "Holiday Harmonies" tour stops at Treasure Island just before the new year.

pixabay - us supreme court

MN, WI attorneys general push SCOTUS to block to Texas abortion law

They say the law is in "direct contravention of nearly a half century of binding precedent."

Related

Richfield joins the 21 movement, raises tobacco-buying age

There are now 10 cities in Minnesota with the ordinance.

Minneapolis raises tobacco-buying age to 21, Richfield next?

They're the ninth city in Minnesota to do so.

vaping

MN House passes bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21

The legislation has also bipartisan support in the state senate.

St. Cloud's mayor vetoes raising the tobacco age to 21; Bloomington approves it

One mayor vetoed the move to raise the tobacco-buying age to 21.

Republicans introduce bill to raise tobacco tax

A bill from two senators would raise the tobacco tax from 35 percent to more than 47 percent. The money would go toward the state's general fund.