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Recent updates! – Tobacco 21 Progress – Statewide Bill Tracker

Minnesota has an above national average rate of high school smoking and adult smoking. An estimated 102,000 children now under the age of 18 will die prematurely due to smoking, with 2,500 children becoming daily smokers each year. The high school student’s e-cigarette usage rate is 19.2%; driving up Minnesota’s overall youth tobacco use rates.

The state is currently spending 43% of the CDC recommended amount on tobacco prevention, and recently increased its cigarette tax to $3.04 a pack. While their progress is encouraging, the numbers still show that health care costs due to smoking are $2.51 billion annually, with another $1.54 billion in lost productivity.

There is no preemption language present in state law keeping localities from raising the Minimum Legal Sales Age (MLSA) to 21. Local governments are free to enact ordinances to better protect their kids from addiction. It has been our experience that the most powerful incentive for the state legislature to act is the initiative of local citizens and governmental leaders. Statewide, California, Oregon, New Jersey, Maine, Massachusetts, and Hawaii’s laws all began at the local level where powerful tobacco industry lobbyists have little sway. Local champions have largely driven this movement in non-preempted states. Constituents are an impetus for change at the community and statewide levels.

Recent Updates

  • 11/14/2018 – Otter Tail County becomes 1st county and the 16th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 1/1/2019).

  • 11/14/2018 – Brooklyn Center becomes 15th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 12/21/2018).

  • 10/29/2018 – Lauderdale becomes the 14th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 2/1/2019).

  • 10/9/2018 – Excelsior becomes the 13th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 1/1/2019).

  • 9/17/2018 – Minnetonka becomes the 12th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 1/1/2019). There are now 12 local T21 policies representing 15.7% of the state population.

  • 5/30/2018 – St. Peter becomes the 11th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 8/1/2018)

  • 05/25/2018 – Minneapolis becomes the 10th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 10/1/2018)

  • 7/21/2018 – Ritchfield becomes the 9th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law

  • 7/18/2018 – Roseville becomes the 8th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law

  • 7/10/2018 – Falcon Heights becomes the 7th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law

  • 5/7/2018 – Shoreview becomes the 6th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 7/1/2018)

  • 2/5/2017 – North Mankato becomes the 5th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective TBD)

  • 11/28/2017 – Plymouth becomes the 4th locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 7/1/2018)

  • 11/6/2017 – Bloomington becomes the 3rd locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 11/30/2017)

  • 7/17/2017 – St. Louis Park becomes the 2nd locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 10/1/2017)

  • 5/3/2017 – 5/3/2017 - Edina becomes the 1st locality in the state to adopt a Tobacco 21 law (effective 7/1/2017)

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Tobacco Free Kids Minnesota

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. Our vision: A future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco.

American Lung Association State Report Card

The ALA ‘State of Tobacco Control’ report tracks progress on key tobacco control policies at the state and federal levels, and assigns grades based on tobacco control laws and regulations in effect as of January 2, 2014.

SLATI State Information Minnesota

SLATI (State Legislated Actions on Tobacco Issues) is an extensively researched and invaluable source of information on tobacco control laws and policy, and is the only up-to-date and comprehensive summary of state tobacco control laws.


The Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation and the Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids support these four principles for Tobacco 21 ordinances:

  1. Include all tobacco and nicotine products, specifically e-cigarettes. The only exceptions would be FDA recognized nicotine replacement products (gum, patch, etc.) intended for cessation.
  2. Include significant enforcement provisions against illegal sales as research shows that consistent enforcement is of critical importance.
  3. Not include any pre-emption against local authority in more stringent regulation of tobacco or other nicotine product sales, secondhand smoke, or e-cigarette vapor.
  4. Ideally not include possession, usage, or purchase (PUP) penalties that result in criminal records, and instead place the onus on the purveyors of these addictive products.

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