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More than 50 Minnesota communities have voted to change the age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21

There are now more than 50 Minnesota communities that have voted to limit tobacco product sales to people 21 and older, including Austin, Albert Lea and Waseca locally.   Anti-smoking advocates say preventing youth tobacco use is not a partisan issue…

Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-free Generation.  City leaders in Golden Valley, Scandia, and St. James all voted and passed measures Tuesday to raise the age limit to 21 years old. Golden Valley took it a step further, also voting to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, like e-cigarettes. The National Academy of Medicine estimates that Tobacco 21 would reduce smoking among 15-to-17-year-olds by 25-percent.

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