Eden Prairie 19th MN city to raise tobacco sales age to 21

Eden Prairie 19th MN city to raise tobacco sales age to 21

  The Eden Prairie City Council took a big step toward protecting youth from the harms of tobacco when it voted 3-1 to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 on Dec. 4, 2018. “When we talk about tobacco-related costs, we can just talk about the small profits loss to several businesses,” said council member Ron Case. “The real cost is the tremendous toll to families of kids who started to smoke.” Eden Prairie is the 19th community in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Edina, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Minneapolis, Saint Peter, Richfield, Roseville, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Lauderdale, Hermantown, Brooklyn Center, Mendota Heights and Otter Tail County have taken this step. “I’m proud that you, our community leaders, are doing what it takes to protect our children from dangerous products right now,” said Eden Prairie resident Donna Shaked, in commending the city council. “I strongly believe one of the most effective ways to do it is by raising the legal tobacco sales age from 18 to 21. Our kids’ future depends on it.” Many community members showed up in support of this life-saving ordinance. Several community members spoke during the public hearing a couple of weeks ago and again Tuesday night. They urged the council to support the ordinance to prevent another generation from picking up a lifelong deadly addiction. Youth e-cigarette use has increased nearly 50 percent in the past three years, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Nearly one in five Minnesota High School students currently uses e-cigarettes, according to the 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey....
Brooklyn Center 16th to raise tobacco sales age to 21; also restricts sale of e-cigarettes

Brooklyn Center 16th to raise tobacco sales age to 21; also restricts sale of e-cigarettes

  Brooklyn Center became the latest city in Minnesota to protect its youth when the City Council unanimously voted to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 on Nov. 12, 2018. The city also restricted the sale of all electronic delivery devices to adult-only tobacco stores as a way to impact the growing trend of e-cigarette use among youth by making the products less accessible and less appealing to young people. Brooklyn Center made a similar cutting-edge move when it became the first in Minnesota to set a minimum price for cigars in 2014. Additionally, the city capped the number of tobacco licenses, increased the number of annual compliance checks and increased the administrative penalties for stores that violate the provisions of the ordinances. Three council members talked of losing family members to tobacco-related illnesses, and all who spoke during the meeting expressed strong support for the measures. Brooklyn Center is the 16th city in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Edina, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Minneapolis, Saint Peter, Richfield, Roseville, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Lauderdale and Hermantown have also raised the tobacco sales age to 21. Also, there is one county, Otter Tail, that has raised the age. Many community members showed up in support of this life-saving ordinance. Several community members and students shared stories of personal loss from tobacco use and nicotine addiction. Jess Nolan, who lives in Brooklyn Center and works for the American Heart Association, urged the council to prevent this generation from having stories of loss because of tobacco use. “I was only in elementary school...
Lauderdale 14th T21 city, also restricts all flavored tobacco sales

Lauderdale 14th T21 city, also restricts all flavored tobacco sales

  Like many of its neighboring cities, Lauderdale placed a priority on the health of its youth and residents on Oct. 23, 2018, when the City Council unanimously voted to restrict the sale of all flavored tobacco products and to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Lauderdale is the 14th Minnesota city to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Edina, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Minneapolis, Saint Peter, Richfield, Roseville, Minnetonka and Excelsior have also raised the tobacco sales age to 21. More than 95 percent of current smokers started smoking before they turned 21. If youth don’t start smoking before the age of 21, they likely never will. Community members and high school students spoke up in favor of the two measures during the public hearing two weeks ago. Hearing from the students about the prevalence of tobacco use, particularly e-cigarettes, in local schools cemented things for council member Jeffrey Dains. “It was very impressive to have the young people come in and talk about the significant tobacco usage,” Dains said. “I was persuaded before they came, but even more so after they came. It was heartening to hear them.” For the first time in 17 years, the youth tobacco use rate climbed, according to the 2017 Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey. Much of the increase has been attributed to increased use of e-cigarettes and cheap, flavored cigars. “I’m proud to live in a city that puts the lives of their community members over tobacco industry profits,” resident and advocate Melissa Walker said. “I lost my father to cancer, and my husband...
Minnetonka 12th T21 City in MN

Minnetonka 12th T21 City in MN

  Minnetonka jointed the momentum to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. It became the latest city in the Metro when the City Council unanimously voted to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 on Sept. 17. “This is one of the easiest votes I’ve cast,” council member Tim Bergstedt said. “We are making a decision that will change lives.” Minnetonka is the 12th city in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Edina, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Minneapolis, Saint Peter, Richfield and Roseville have also raised the tobacco sales age to 21. Jerry Levine, a resident and advocate, said during a July 23 hearing, “I understand that we have made progress on preventing people from smoking cigarettes, but the tobacco industry is clever. New products like e-cigarettes are addicting the next generation, and thus youth tobacco rates are rising. We can’t let this happen here in our community.” Many community members showed up in support of this life-saving ordinance. Several community members and students shared stories of personal loss from tobacco use and nicotine addiction. They urged the council to support the ordinance to prevent another generation from suffering the same fate. Hopkins High senior Kaitlyn Ziegler spoke about the prevalence of vaping among her classmates. “It has become a part of school culture to vape at events and on social media,” Ziegler said. Said council member Patty Acomb, “I’m proud of the young people advocating on behalf of themselves and their peers.” Youth e-cigarette use has increased nearly 50 percent in the past three years, according to the...
Roseville 11th Minnesota city to raise tobacco sales age to 21

Roseville 11th Minnesota city to raise tobacco sales age to 21

Roseville became the latest city in the Metro to protect youth when the City Council unanimously voted to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 on June 18. Council member Robert Willmus, who brought this to the city council last year, said he especially liked seeing all the youth in the audience. He talked about his son, a rising high school senior, sharing stories and videos of teens smoking in school. “For me, where it really hits home is with the young people and what we can do to stop them from starting,” Willmus said. Roseville is the 11th city in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Edina, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Minneapolis, Saint Peter and Richfield have also raised the tobacco sales age to 21. Council member Lisa Laliberte said this was a positive step for Roseville, but said its neighboring cities, as well as the state, needs to step up on this issue. “We are doing this, and this is great, but there’s a lot of other work,” Laliberte said. “We border 10 cities, and three have done this, but seven haven’t. I challenge our state legislators to look at this.” Community members showed up in force, with more than 60 packing the chambers, to support this life-saving ordinance. Many shared stories of personal loss from tobacco use and nicotine addiction. They urged the council to support the ordinance to prevent another generation from suffering the same fate. “It’s heartening to see the young people here,” council member Tammy McGehee said. “I think it’s important to provide less...
Richfield raises tobacco sales age to 21

Richfield raises tobacco sales age to 21

  The Richfield City Council showed strong leadership in protecting the health and well-being of its residents on June 12 by voting unanimously to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Council member Maria Regan Gonzalez championed the ordinance, along with council members Mike Howard and Edwina Garcia. Council member Simon Trautmann and Mayor Pat Elliott also voted in favor. “This is not about stigmatizing smokers or stigmatizing the vaping community,” Gonzalez said. “It is about limiting access for our youth to nicotine and starting smoking.” Richfield is the 10th city in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Edina, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Minneapolis and Saint Peter have also raised the tobacco sales age to 21. More than 95 percent of current smokers started smoking before they turned 21. If youth don’t start smoking before the age of 21, they likely never will. “Thank you to the City of Richfield for being a leader in our state and protecting future generations to come from harmful and addictive products including vapes and e-cigarettes,” said University of Minnesota student and Richfield resident Nia...
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