Minneapolis sets spacing requirements

Minneapolis city leaders recently took an important step to strengthen the city’s existing restriction on the sale of flavored tobacco. All new tobacco shops in Minneapolis now must be at least 2,000 feet from one another. This means that there are fewer places in the city where it would be possible for a new tobacco […]

Hennepin County restricts all flavored tobacco products, goes T21

  The landscape for selling tobacco at the Minneapolis airport will look different in the future since the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners voted 6-1 on three significant changes to its tobacco ordinance on Tuesday. The county, which is the tobacco licensing authority for the airport, as well as Mound, Greenfield, St. Bonifacius and Rockford, […]

New Brighton 36th T21 community in Minnesota

  The Tobacco 21 movement continues to gain ground in Minnesota as New Brighton became the latest community to pass the measure. The New Brighton city council voted unanimously in favor of the ordinance. New Brighton is the 36th community in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Edina, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, […]

Little Canada raises tobacco sales age to 21

Little Canada council member Tom Fischer expressed support for raising the tobacco sales age, but he was adamant that his city shouldn’t have to be taking the step. “Both my parents passed away from cancers related from smoking,” Fischer said during the May 8 council meeting. “I couldn’t see across the room for smoke. I […]

Arden Hills restricts all flavors, raises tobacco sales age to 21

Arden Hills took aim at the tobacco industry when the City Council voted unanimously to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 and ban the sale of flavored tobacco on March 25. Caitlin Young, a nursing student at Bethel University said, “I have directly seen the impacts of smoking in ways that many young people […]

Robbinsdale raises tobacco sales age to 21, restricts sale of e-cigs

More than a year ago, the community of Robbinsdale wasn’t quite ready to enact Tobacco 21, but its leaders made a commitment to take another look at it. On March 19, the City Council upheld that commitment and passed Tobacco 21 with a 4-1 vote. “At that time, we weren’t ready to move on T21, […]

North Oaks 24th community raises tobacco sales age to 21

The community of North Oaks might be small, but it came up big when it comes to protecting its youth. North Oaks unanimously voted to raise the tobacco sales age to 21 on March 14. “We’re a small community, but our neighboring communities, like Shoreview, started passing Tobacco 21, so we thought we’d make it […]

Altria buys stake in JUUL: What it means

By Betsy Brock Research Director Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, recently purchased a stake in JUUL, the company that manufactures the wildly popular e-cigarette with the same name. JUUL controls approximately 70 percent of the e-cigarette market. The company started in 2015 and is valued at $38 billion. JUUL’s stated mission is to “improve […]

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 […]

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 […]