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.
- Olmsted County Board of Commissioners to consider Tobacco 21 ordinance
- Albert Lea Tobacco 21 Ordinance starts Wednesday
- Olmsted County joins conversation of raising age to buy tobacco to 21
- Age to purchase tobacco in Olmsted County, city of Austin moving from 18 to 21
- Low income housing options discussed at Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Board of Commissioners meeting
- Olmsted County commissioners discuss plans for warming center
- Olmsted County commissioner named to state housing task force
- UPDATE: Olmsted County Commissioners approve purchase of Seneca Foods
- Tobacco ordinance passes in Albert Lea, starts May 1
- Tobacco 21 could become a Minnesota state law