At its meeting on Tuesday, the Owatonna City Council gave its final approval to an ordinance that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old in early October. It passed by a 6-1 vote.
The increase will also apply to the possession of tobacco products and e-cigarettes, meaning that it will soon be illegal for persons between 18 and 21 to have or use those products, regardless of how they were acquired.
The increase will go into effect after the change goes through the necessary publication requirements, which is tentatively set for Oct. 4.
Owatonna is home to just under 26,000 residents and is located approximately 70 miles south of Minneapolis.