A Minneapolis, Minn. suburb is the latest to join the Tobacco 21 movement.
On Monday night, the Shoreview City Council unanimously approved a proposal to make raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old by a 5-0 vote, according to a report by Fox9.com. It does not criminalize possession of tobacco products by a person between 18 and 21-years-old, however.
The increase goes into effect on July 1.
Shoreview becomes the sixth city in Minnesota to pass such an increase, joining Edina, North Mankato, Bloomington, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park. It also provides some momentum going into a public hearing for an increase in Minneapolis on May 14. A bill seeking a statewide increase has also been introduced into the legislature, though appears unlikely to advance this session.
Shoreview has a population of just over 26,500 people and is located 12 miles northeast of Minneapolis.