SAINT PAUL, Minn.— This past Monday, Mounds View city council raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21 years old within city limits. Mounds View joins Arden Hills, Shoreview, Roseville and Little Canada in passing a Tobacco 21 ordinance. A statewide push for Tobacco 21 laws arose after the 2017 Youth Tobacco Survey found an increase in the use of tobacco products among middle school and high school students. According to the national Tobacco 21 campaign, Minnesota has an above national average rate of high school smoking and adult smoking.
“I commend the leadership and initiative the Mounds View community took in raising the tobacco sales age to 21. We are currently seeing a public health crisis with the rise of vaping products and increasing the age keeps our children from getting access to these dangerous tobacco products. This new city ordinance is a step in the right direction and I am extremely proud of our community,” said Senator Jason Isaacson.
Mounds View is now the 43rd city in Minnesota to raise its tobacco sales age to 21 years old.