More than 50 Minnesota communities have enacted policies limiting tobacco product sales to people 21 and older. Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-free Generation is calling on lawmakers–local and state–to continue working together to combat tobacco addiction. She says in addition to raising the buying age…

“There are several proven ways we can do that, we can prohibit the sale of flavored tobacco products, raise the price and then make sure we that we have sustainable funding to continue tobacco prevention programs.”

City leaders in Golden Valley, Scandia, and St. James all voted and passed measures Tuesday to raise the age limit to 21 years old. Golden Valley took it a step further, also voting to ban the sale of flavored tobacco products, like e-cigarettes. So far, 18 states and more than 500 cities and counties across the country have adopted Tobacco 21 policies.