Tobacco 21 Policy
The tobacco industry aggressively markets to youth and young adults to recruit replacement smokers and guarantee profits. With almost 95 percent of addicted adult smokers starting before age 21, and with youth tobacco use rising in Minnesota for the first time in 17 years, preventing youth from starting is essential to reducing smoking prevalence. Raising the purchase age to 21 will reduce teens’ ability to buy tobacco products themselves or to access them through social sources.
Click below to view how many Minnesota cities and counties have raised the tobacco age to 21!