On Monday, February 12th, the Mankato City Council narrowly rejected an ordinance that would raise the age to purchase all tobacco and vapor products from 18 to 21-years-old by a 4 to 3 vote.
North Mankato’s plans to implement Tobacco (and Vapor) 21 may also be affected by this decision. The ordinance was set to go into effect after being published in the city’s official newspaper, but Mayor Mark Dehen directed council staff to not publish the ordinance until a decision was reached in neighboring Mankato.
Although this means that tobacco 21 will not likely be decided at the municipal level in the Mankatos, it is not an explicit rejection of the misguided policy. Instead, opponents to the ordinance cite concerns that this is an issue best dealt with in the state legislature.
We have updated this call to action to send a thank you message to council members who voted to reject Tobacco (and Vapor) 21. Please take a moment to share your gratitude with them for making the right decision.