Mankato May Opt For 21 Year Old Tobacco Purchasing Age

The Mankato City Council is looking at the possibility of raising the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

The council held preliminary discussions on the option Monday and reportedly could bring a proposed ordinance forward as soon as later this summer for a public hearing.

Of course, if Mankato does raise the age, 18 to 20-year-olds would just go to North Mankato to get their cigarettes and chewing tobacco, unless the council there also raises the age.

The discussions in Mankato come in the wake of Edina becoming the first city in Minnesota to raise the tobacco age to 21, with city council approval there in early May.

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