Forest Lake, Minn. Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21

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At its Aug. 26 meeting, the Forest Lake City Council adopted an ordinance that will make the minimum age to purchase tobacco products 21-years-old as of Sept. 5.

In addition, the ordinance prohibits people under 21-years-old from selling tobacco as part of their job with a licensed tobacco retailer. While the ordinance had contained a provision that would have made possession of tobacco illegal by persons under 21, it was removed prior to the final vote, which passed 4-0, with the city’s mayor absent from the meeting.

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The new law also prohibits the issuance of a new tobacco retailer license to any applicant locate within 500 feet of a school or public park, and establishes additional new rules for tobacco retailer license holders.

Forest Lake is home to just over 20,000 residents and is located approximate 30 miles northeast of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.

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