Minnesota has its second city to approve an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, as this week the St. Louis Park City Council approved the second reading by a 5-0 vote.
The increase goes into effect on Oct. 1, with fines for retailers selling tobacco to an underage person increasing as well. A first offense has a fine of $500, while a second violation within a 36-month period would come with a $1,000 fine and one-day suspension of the retailer’s tobacco sales permit. A third offense costs $2,000 and a three-day suspension.
St. Louis Park is located immediately to the west of Minneapolis and is home to approximately 47,500 residents.