Brooklyn Center City Council weighs raising tobacco sales age to 21

Brooklyn Center is poised to become the latest Minnesota city to raise the tobacco sales age to 21.

The City Council this month approved the first reading of the rule change and is expected to take a final vote on Nov. 13. If approved, the changes will take effect Dec. 21.

The measure would restrict the number of licensed tobacco retailers in the city to 15. There are now 22 tobacco retailers in town, according to City Clerk Barb Suciu.

“If someone does not renew [a license], then we are not going to open up another one,” she said. “The eventual goal is to get down to 15.”

In 2014, Brooklyn Center became the first city in Minnesota to set a minimum price for cigars in an effort to curb their appeal among young people.

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October 27, 2018