Cities’ Push for T21 Ordinances Continues to Grow

City ordinances that prohibit the sale of tobacco products to those under the age of 21 appear to be gaining momentum in Minnesota. St. Louis Park became the latest city to pass an ordinance, following Edina, which became the first city in Minnesota to increase the age for legal tobacco sales in early May.

The cities of Mankato and North Mankato appear to be on a similar path. North Mankato city leaders will convene a working session on the topic on July 24; Mankato will hold a public hearing on Aug. 28. 

The day after Edina approved its T21 ordinance, four state senators introduced a bill (SF2370) that raises the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products from 18 to 21. The MMA supports this legislation, which remains alive for consideration once the 2018 session begins in February. 

In a letter of support to Edina city leaders back in May, MMA President David Agerter, MD, wrote:  “In our efforts to help make Minnesotans the healthiest in the nation, preventing death and disease caused by tobacco and secondhand smoke has long been an MMA goal. The MMA proudly and actively supported passage of the Freedom to Breathe Act in 2007, and for over two decades, the MMA has had longstanding policy that supports a ban on the sale of tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21.”