On Tuesday, the Benton County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal that will set 21-years-old as the new minimum age to purchase tobacco products in the unincorporated parts of the county, making it the ninth county in Minnesota to enact such an increase and the 40th municipality overall.
According to a report by SCTimes.com, the county said that the change will apply to 15 tobacco retailers who hold licenses in the county’s rural portions. It will not effect retailers in the cities of St. Cloud, Foley or Sauk Rapids.
The increase will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Benton County is home to approximately 40,000 residents and is located roughly 75 miles northwest of Minneapolis.