Starting today, people must be at least 21 to buy tobacco products in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis city leaders voted in May to raise the age from 18 in an effort to help protect younger generations from lifelong nicotine addiction, tobacco-related illnesses and tobacco-related health disparities between white populations and people of color. In Hennepin County, one in seven adult deaths is attributed to smoking. And officials say the nicotine in tobacco products can also harm adolescent brain development.
Ten other Minnesota cities have already raised the tobacco sales age to 21, including, Bloomington, Edina, Falcon Heights, North Mankato, Plymouth, Richfield, Roseville, Shoreview, St. Louis Park and Saint Peter.