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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