The Minneapolis City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine delivery devices to 21-years-old, with the change going into effect on Oct. 1, 2018.
The ordinance quickly received the signature of Mayor Jacob Frey, officially making it law.
Minnesota has added several cities to the Tobacco 21 movement recently, including Shoreview and Falcon Heights, both of which passed increases earlier in the month. Edina, North Mankato, Bloomington, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park have also raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21. There is also a bill seeking a statewide increase that has been introduced into the legislature, though does not seem likely to advance this session.
Minneapolis is the most populated city in Minnesota, with a population of just over 413,000 residents, while its total metropolitan area is the 16th largest in the country, with approximately 3.55 million people.