ST. PAUL, Minn. (Fox 47) – Olmsted County recently voted to raise the tobacco age to 21, becoming the 31st community in Minnesota to raise the tobacco purchase age.
Representative Tina Liebling is one of the lawmakers spearheading the effort at the state level.
“Those effects to help Minnesotans quit smoking and really the tobacco 21 bill is a very important effort to try to keep kids from starting on this really addictive substance nicotine,” said Liebling “We’ve seen recently that the smoking rates or the use of vaping in particular has gone way up.”
Liebling said preventing children from taking up smoking in the first place is the goal.
The “tobacco 21” bill is part of the Health and Human Services bill. Representatives did not vote on it earlier Wednesday, but they could still take up the issue Wednesday night. However, that depends on how quickly lawmakers get through all the proposed amendments to the bill.