Bill Would Raise Tobacco Age to 21 in All of Minnesota

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(Mankato, MN) – Despite the failure of efforts to raise the tobacco age to 21 in Mankato/North Mankato, it still could still happen locally and statewide.

A bill that would raise the tobacco age to 21 in all of Minnesota was introduced today at the State Capitol by Republican State Rep. Dario Anselmo of Edina.

The bill comes on the heels of a new report that revealed the high school tobacco use rate increased for the first time in 17 years. Data shows that 26 percent of high school students used a tobacco product in the past 30 days, which is seven percent higher than in 2014.

Thus far Edina, St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth have all raised the age.

The North Mankato City Council also passed a Tobacco 21 ordinance, but will not put it into effect because the City Council in Mankato voted against the proposal.

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