Duluth, Minn. Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

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On Monday night, the Duluth City Council approved an ordinance to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and tobacco alternatives to 21-years-old, adding another municipality to the steadily growing list of cities and counties in the state to pass such increases.

The ordinance passed its second reading by a 5-2 vote, with one member absent. While it raises the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, it does not change the minimum age to possess them, which remains at 18-years-old.

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The increase is set to go into effect 120 days following its passage and publication, which would be just before the end of May.

The city joins more than 20 municipalities to increase the minimum purchasing age for tobacco to 21-years-old, including Minneapolis, which passed an increase last October, and most recently, Beltrami County, which passed its increase just over a week ago. There is also a bill in the state legislature that seeks to make 21 the statewide age to purchase tobacco products.

Duluth is home to just over 86,000 residents.

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