Richfield approves increasing minimum age for tobacco sales

It joins a growing number of Minnesota cities to raise the age from 18 to 21

Sloane Martin
June 13, 2018 - 7:30 am
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Richfield is joining the growing list of Minnesota cities to raise the age limit to purchase tobacco products.

The city council voted unanimously to raise the age from 18 to 21 Tueday night. They are the tenth municipality to do so, despite calls from some businesses, like convenience stores, that say the new ordinance will not be good for their business. 

Recent data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows tobacco use increased for the first time in 17 years. Advocates say the laws raising the age will help stave off tobacco use in teens and young people and is a way to address a public health issue.

Minneapolis, Bloomington, St. Louis Park, North Mankato, Edina, Plymouth, Falcon Heights, Shoreview and St. Peter have approved the ordinance.