The Hennepin County Board on Tuesday raised the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and four cities where the county regulates retail licenses.
The board also approved two other changes to the county’s tobacco ordinance, prohibiting the sale of cigars under $3 and banning the sale of flavored tobacco products outside of adult-only tobacco stores. Commissioners decided against a fourth measure, raising the minimum age of tobacco sellers from 16 to 18.
The county is authorized by state law to regulate tobacco sales, but only for those jurisdictions that don’t regulate themselves — in this case Greenfield, Mound, Rockford and St. Bonifacius, as well as the airport. Hennepin County joins nearly 500 jurisdictions across the U.S. that have raised the tobacco sales age to 21.
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