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Hermantown Restricts Tobacco Product Sales to 21+

The Hermantown City Council has approved a measure that will restrict the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 years old.  The Hermantown City Council has approved a measure that will restrict the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 years old.  |  Photo: WDIO-TV/File

Updated: November 05, 2018 10:39 PM

The Hermantown City Council has approved a measure that will restrict the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21 years old. 

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The council unanimously approved the measure in a 5-0 vote Monday. The ordinance covers tobacco products including vaping devices, the Duluth News Tribune reports. 

Six people spoke against the ordinance during the city council meeting. The DNT reports Brian Annis, owner of Lake Effect Vapor pleaded that the city defers a decision to await action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the Minnesota Legislature. 

Those who support the measure say they hope it helps in the battle against nicotine addiction by reducing access to tobacco by the youth. 

The ordinance will take effect in January. Hermantown will be the only city in the Northland to have such an ordinance. 

13 Minnesota cities have already passed similar ordinances. They include St. Paul, Edina, St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Minneapolis, St. Peter, Richfield, Roseville and Minnetonka. 

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