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.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.