An anti-smoking advocate is applauding the St. Peter decision to become the 9th city in Minnesota to pass a Tobacco 21 policy.

Laura Smith is with ClearWay Minnesota and she said, “An estimate showed that about 25-percent fewer young adults would take up smoking and in Minnesota, if we passed a statewide Tobacco 21 law we would have 30-thousand fewer young adults smoking in Minnesota.”

Smith added that nearly 95-percent of addicted adult smokers start before age 21 and, “The latest Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey showed for the first time a rising number of youth are using tobacco so it’s really a wake-up call for many of us that now is the time for action.”

*Other Minnesota Cities Include:

  • Edina
  • St. Louis Park
  • Bloomington
  • Plymouth
  • North Mankato
  • Shoreview
  • Falcon Heights
  • Minneapolis