Federal law says the legal age to buy tobacco is 21, while MN state law still says age 18.
ST PAUL, Minn. – On Saturday, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a law raising the legal age to buy tobacco, tobacco products, and e-cigarettes in Minnesota from ages 18 to 21 years.
According to the press release, HF 331 will provide clarity to retailers who are confused with state tobacco 18 years ago and with a federal age of 21, update the state’s definition of ‘tobacco’, update state compliance checks when selling tobacco products, and update state penalties best practices to make them more appropriate. with federal law.
“Research shows that raising the age of tobacco to 21 will prevent teenage addiction and save lives,” Rep said. Heather Edelson (DFL-Edina), chief author of the law. “Tobacco companies have targeted young people to become the next generation of addicts. In the 2019 Student Survey, 26% of grade 11 students reported vaping. 76% of all teens report not knowing how to addict vaping before they begin. Passing Tobacco 21 is an important statement in the fight against the increasing use of tobacco by young people. I am proud of the strong bipartisan support that Tobacco 21 received today. “
Tobacco 21 is a federal law passed in December 2019, legally increasing the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. Three years ago Edina was the first Minnesota community to change the age of tobacco sales from 18 to 21 to comply with Tobacco 21.
The bill was passed 89-41 at a later date and now goes to the Senate, where it is sponsored by Senator Carla Nelson (R-Rochester).
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