Edina is poised to become the first city in Minnesota to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21. The Edina City Council was expected to approve the measure Tuesday evening. - From Twin Cities
National Association of Tobacco Outlets executive director Tom Briant said he is convinced the ordinance won’t curb youth tobacco use because people simply will drive to stores in nearby communities to buy what they want.
“What that means for Edina retailers is they will lose about 5 percent of their tobacco sales,” Briant said.
“But it gets worse.
Those same people will then buy their gasoline, their snacks, beverages and other products at the stores in the neighboring suburbs as well.” “We just think on balance it’s more important that this tobacco age purchase be raised to 21 from 18 for these public-health purposes,” Hovland said.
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