Legislators in Pope County will be putting an increase to the tobacco purchasing age under the tree this year after the county’s board of supervisors unanimously approved a Tobacco 21 ordinance at its Dec. 7 meeting.
The increase is scheduled to go into effect after minutes of the meeting are approved and the ordinance is published in the local newspaper, which could be as early as Dec. 24. It does not make a change to the minimum age to possess such products, which remains 18-years-old.
Pope County is home to approximately 11,000 residents. It is located in the western part of the state, approximately 130 miles northwest of Minneapolis.