Mankato votes to approve Tobacco 21 ordinance
MANKATO, Minn. - The Mankato City Council on Monday approved an ordinance raising the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21.
Mankato is now the 32nd city or county to pass Tobacco 21 in the state, the Mankato Free Press reported.
"I'm tickled pink," said council member Mark Frost, who first suggested raising the age for buying nicotine products in June of 2017 when just a handful of cities in the state had taken the step.
The ordinance, variations of which have been approved in hundreds of communities nationwide, will prohibit the sale of cigarettes, other nicotine-containing substances and vaping products to 18-,19-, and 20-year-olds within Mankato.
Possession and use of those products by people in that age range would still be legal, provided they made their purchases elsewhere. Older adults who provide the products to people under the age of 21 in Mankato would also be in violation of the ordinance.