Cities and states around the country are diligently working to bring their own minimum tobacco purchasing ages in line with a federal increase passed in December, and on Wednesday the city of Hibbing gave approval to its own increase, making 21 the new minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
The ordinance passed by a 5-2 vote and is scheduled to go into effect in the coming weeks, following publication in the city’s official newspaper. When it does, persons under 21-years-old who purchase tobacco can be charged with a misdemeanor, according to a report by MDJOnline.com. The city has not yet posted the full ordinance on its website.
Hibbing is home to approximately 16,000 residents and is located in the northeastern part of the state, just under 200 miles north of Minneapolis.