Golden Valley Considers Raising Age to Buy Tobacco
The Golden Valley City Council is considering changing the city’s tobacco sales ordinance. If approved, the amended ordinance would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products in Golden Valley from 18 to 21.
The proposed ordinance change would also restrict the locations of tobacco retailers and restrict the sale of flavored tobacco. City officials say the changes would apply to e-cigarettes as well.
“Anecdotally, I think as we drive around, walk around, look around, we see more e-cigarettes use and vaping,” said Golden Valley City Manager Tim Cruikshank. “I think that continues to be on people’s radar.”
Several other cities such as Plymouth, Brooklyn Center and Robbinsdale have also raised the tobacco sales age to 21. The Golden Valley City Council expects to vote on the matter by the end of October.