There will soon be a new city in Minnesota where the age to purchase tobacco products will be 21-years-old, as on Monday the Albert Lea City Council approved an ordinance by a 4-3 vote to raise the age and join the growing Tobacco 21 movement.
The ordinance does not change the minimum age to possess or use tobacco products, leaving that at 18-years-old.
While the increase has been approved, a date has not yet been set for when the increase will go into effect. According to a report from AlbertLeaTribune.com. That date will be set at the next city council meeting on April 8.
Albert Lea is located in the southeastern corner of the state, about 100 miles south of Minneapolis, and has approximately 17,700 residents.