If you want to purchase tobacco products in Minneapolis, Minn. today, you’ll need to be at least 21-years-old, as a law passed by the city council in late May officially went info effect this morning.
Minneapolis joins several cities in the state to have increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, a movement known as Tobacco 21. The city joins Shoreview and Falcon Heights, Edina, North Mankato, Bloomington, Plymouth, and St. Louis Park. There is also a bill seeking a statewide increase that has been introduced into the legislature, though does not seem likely to advance this session.
Another major U.S. city, San Antonio, Texas, also saw its increase go into effect today.
Minneapolis is the most populated city in Minnesota, with a population of just over 413,000 residents, while its total metropolitan area is the 16th largest in the country, with approximately 3.55 million people.
Photo taken by Bobak Ha’Eri, on July 12, 2008. Released under the GNU Free Documentation License and the CC-By-SA-3.0.