Bloomington, Minn. Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

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Minnesota’s fifth largest city is the latest to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, as on Monday night the Bloomington City Council approved an ordinance that will restrict tobacco purchases to persons at least 21-years-old.

The proposal passed by a 6-0 vote and will apply to all tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes and alternative nicotine delivery products. The proposal did not include a date for the increase to go into effect, something city leaders will announce in the near future.

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A similar proposal was passed the same night in St. Cloud, only to be vetoed by the mayor. Edina and St. Louis Park are the only other cities in Minnesota to have passed such an increase.

Bloomington is located just over 10 miles south of Minneapolis and is home to just over 85,000 residents.

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