The hotbed of the Tobacco 21 movement that is Minnesota has notched another city, as at its most recent meeting, the Austin City Council unanimously approved an ordinance raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21-years-old.
Austin joins more than 30 cities, towns and counties to enact such an increase, all while the state legislature has a bill seeking to make the increase effective statewide. Austin joined neighboring Albert Lea as cities in Minnesota to pass tobacco purchasing age increases this month.
The increase goes into effect on April 14.
Austin is home to approximately 25,000 residents and is located approximately 100 miles south of Minneapolis.