A proposal to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21-years-old in Duluth, Minn. took a step forward this week as the city council held its first hearing on the matter, and while they didn’t conduct a formal vote on it, allowed the proposal to stay on the agenda.

One thing that was voted on was an amendment to extend the effective date from 30 days to 120 days, should the increase ultimately pass. Councilors decided by a 6-2 vote with one absence that it would help retailers and the community to provide an extended period of time to inform them of the change.

The ordinance also adds language to add tobacco alternative products such as e-cigarettes to the city’s existing regulations regarding the sale of tobacco products.

Minnesota has seen a number of cities increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old in recent years, including Minneapolis. In December 2018, Waseca and Eden Prairie, along with Pope County, all passed their own increases.

Duluth is home to just over 86,000 residents.

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