Minnesota lawmakers are looking to ride the momentum of cities raising their tobacco sales age by proposing a statewide increase to 21.
A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill Thursday that would raise the age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21. If passed, Minnesota would be the sixth state to increase its smoking age.
In February, the Mankato City Council voted down increasing the purchasing age for tobacco from 18 to 21, nullifying North Mankato’s approval of the ordinance change.
Five Minnesota cities have independently increased the tobacco-buying age since May. The increase would also apply to e-cigarettes.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka doubts there’s widespread support for a statewide increase this year.