City Increases Age for Buying Tobacco
After learning that youth tobacco use has increased for the first time in Minnesota in 17 years and that 95% of adult smokers started before they were 21, the City Council took action at their May 7, 2018 meeting to increase the purchase age for tobacco, tobacco-related products, and tobacco-related devices from 18 to 21. Shoreview is the sixth city in Minnesota to do so, joining Edina, Bloomington, Plymouth, St. Louis Park, and North Mankato.
The Shoreview City Council has consistently demonstrated leadership by implementing policies that encourage a healthy community and reduce youth access to tobacco. At the meeting, Mayor Martin stated “Shoreview has had a 30 year history of doing the best we can to create a healthy community. I’m proud to have played a role in that and it is rewarding to see these young leaders who are fighting for a tobacco-free healthy future.” In the early 90’s, Shoreview was one of the first cities in the nation to prohibit the sale of tobacco from vending machines and in 2016, it was one of three cities in Minnesota to limit the sale of flavored tobacco products to licensed tobacco shops. The new ordinance will go into effect on July 1, 2018.