Olmsted County Board of Commissioners to consider Tobacco 21 ordinance

Cities and counties are considering raising the legal age to buy tobacco. The Olmsted County Board of Commissioners is listening to facts and data to decide whether or not they should do the same.

Posted: Mar 19, 2019 11:54 PM
Updated: Mar 20, 2019 8:13 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Graham Briggs is the Director of Public Health for Olmsted County.

He shared some frightening numbers: The annual cost of tobacco is costing the County more than $85M, about $550 per person. He hopes a change in legislation will better protect the health of the city.

"We'd like to take a look at what tobacco use looks like and how it's changing in the community and whether an increase to 21 would provide a benefit or public health impact," Briggs said.

The Olmsted County Board of Commissioners will conduct a public hearing to consider the Tobacco 21 ordinance on April 2nd.

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