Minnesota continues to be a hotbed of municipalities raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, as on Tuesday the Hennepin County Commissioners approved a proposal that will see the state’s most populous county join the Tobacco 21 movement on Jan. 1, 2020.
In addition, the commissioners approved a restriction on the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol, and will limit them to tobacco retailers who only allow adults aged 21 and older to enter. It also establishes a minimum price of three dollars for any cigar.
The increase only applies to unincorporated areas in the county where cities do not currently regulate the laws, though it will apply to the municipalities of Greenfield, Mound, Rockford, Rogers and St. Bonifacius, as well as within the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport. The county says that there are approximately 34 licenses per year to sell tobacco in these places.
Hennepin County is home to approximately 1.252 million people, and includes the cities of Minneapolis, Edina and Bloomington.