Minimum age to buy tobacco products in St. Louis Park increases to 21 on Oct. 1

The ability of adults under the age of 21 to buy tobacco products in St. Louis Park will go up in smoke as of Oct. 1.

On that date, the city will increase the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 years of age to 21 years of age.

The new ordinance will also increase penalties for businesses that sell tobacco products to an underage person, with a first violation leading to a $500 fine, a second violation within three years leading to a $1,000 fine and a one-day license suspension and a third violation within three years leading to a $2,000 fine and a 30-day license suspension. The previous suspension for a third violation had been three days. A fourth violation within three years will continue to lead to license revocation.

The council also repealed several aspects of its tobacco ordinance. The council repealed a section that stated that minors could not possess tobacco, tobacco-related devices or electronic delivery devices. The council repealed another section that stated that minors would create a violation if they smoked, chewed, sniffed or otherwise used tobacco, tobacco-related devices or electronic delivery devices. The city code was amended to remove a petty misdemeanor penalty for anyone under the age of 18 who possessed, smoked, chewed, ingested or attempted to purchase tobacco or related devices.

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