Tobacco 21 passes 3 file

Mankato City Council member Jenn Melby-Kelley hugs a supporter of Mankato’s Tobacco 21 ordinance after the council passed it in May 2019. File photo

A new state law prohibiting retailers from selling tobacco products to people younger than 21 goes into effect Saturday.

The Minnesota Legislature passed the Tobacco 21 bill earlier this year and Gov. Tim Walz signed it into law in May. It mirrors a federal law that went into effect last December.

Aside from typical products such as cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes and vapes also fall under the new law.

The statewide effort to pass Tobacco 21 comes after several years of campaigning and ordinances passed by cities across the state. Mankato, North Mankato and St. Peter all passed Tobacco 21 ordinances in recent years.

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