Roseville raises tobacco purchase age to 21

Roseville, Minnesota, became the latest city in the Twin Cities metro to raise the tobacco sales age to 21.

On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to pass the laws, making it the 11th city in Minnesota to do so.

Other cities that have voted for Tobacco 21 laws include Edina, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Minneapolis, Saint Peter and Richfield.

More than 60 packed the council chambers, sharing stories of personal loss from tobacco use and nicotine addiction.

During the meeting, community members discussed the increased use of e-cigarettes, particularly among young people. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, nearly one in five Minnesota High School students currently use e-cigarettes.