​Tobacco 21 Work In Northwestern Minnesota at County Level

DETROIT LAKES, MN--The movement to change the purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21, also known as Tobacco 21, is being considered at the county level.

Last year, a number of Twin Cities-area suburbs changed their city ordinances. In Greater Minnesota, there was more resistance. City Councils in Detroit Lakes and Perham voted not to pursue an ordinance that would change the age from 18 to 21 citing enforcement of the ordinance and too many convenience stores just across city boarders as a couple of the main concerns of the effectiveness of a Tobacco 21 city ordinance. PartnerSHIP4 Health, an arm of the Minnesota Department of Health, heard those concerns. PartnerSHIP4 Health’s Jason McCoy says there is now momentum in the area at the county level.**

McCoy says the next steps in Otter Tail County are to draw up an ordinance and submit it for approval by Otter Tail County Commissioners. He says three others he also works with, Clay, Wilkin and Becker, are interested.**

McCoy says Otter Tail County would like to get something passed before the summer.

(**Click on the words highlighted in blue for audio from Jason McCoy)

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