A bill raising the tobacco age to 21 in Minnesota is headed to the state Senate after passing in the Minnesota House Saturday (89-41). Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-free Generation says it’s a positive step because…

“We know that nearly 95% of addicted adult smokers started before 21, so if we can raise the age we can make it a little bit harder for youth to get their hands on tobacco products and really reduce access.”

Smith says despite the federal government changing the federal tobacco age to 21, the state tobacco age is still 18, which is causing retailers and law enforcement confusion. In Minnesota, 75 communities have already adopted local Tobacco 21 policies.