The Hermantown City Council voted unanimously in favor of raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old at its Nov. 5 meeting, adding to the list of more than a dozen cities in the state to join the Tobacco 21 movement.

The increase also applies to vaping products and tobacco alternatives, such as e-cigarettes.

Hermantown becomes at least the 13th city in Minnesota to enact such an increase, joining MinneapolisEdina, Bloomington, St. Louis Park, Plymouth, North Mankato, Minnetonka, St. Peter, Richfield, Roseville, Shoreview and Falcon Heights. It’s also the first city in what’s referred to as the Northland part of the state to pass such an increase. A bill has also been introduced in the state legislature to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21-years-old, though it has not progressed out of its first committee hearing.

The increase goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. It will not affect the possession or use of such products by persons between 18 and 21-years-old, as such language was removed from the original proposal.

Hermantown is a suburb of Duluth, Minn., and has a population of just over 9,500 residents.

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