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Shoreview, Minn. Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21

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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.

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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.

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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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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