Edina Might Become the First City in Minnesota to Raise Tobacco Sales Age to 21
If you're a 17-year-old kid who lives in Edina and can't wait to buy your first cigar when you turn 18 in July, I have some bad news for you. Sort of. It's all about perspective!
On Tuesday, the Edina City Council voted to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. This law will go into effect starting July 1st, so here's to you, kid turning 18 in June! For the record, this will include the purchase of stuff like cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and even e-cigs.
By the way, anyone who tries buying tobacco products while being under 21 will be charged with a misdemeanor and have to attend mandatory educational courses, so it's definitely worth waiting three years for your first cigar, because that sounds awful.
A lot of other cities throughout the country have tried to curb underage smoking by passing similar measurements, which apparently have broad support among adults.
So what do you think? Should Rochester do the same?