The Bloomington City Council has voted in favor of an ordinance that will both ban the sale of flavored tobacco products and limit the number of tobacco retailers in the city.
Passing by a 4-2 vote on Monday evening, the ordinance will bring an end to the sale of flavored tobacco products as of Jan. 1, 2022. The ban extends to include menthol-flavored products.
The city is also beginning a gradual reduction in the number of tobacco retailer licenses that it issues. Effective immediately, the city will not be issuing any new tobacco retailer licenses. Beginning June 30, 2022, when an existing retailer closes and does not renew its license, that license will be removed from circulation.
Additionally, existing licenses will have to be renewed by either the current license holder, their spouse or their child.
Bloomington is a suburb to the south of Minneapolis, and with a population of approximately 85,000 residents, is also the fifth largest city in Minnesota.