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Drop in youth tobacco use seen in Minnesota cities that raised purchase age, study finds

Minnesota eighth- and ninth-graders used tobacco less often in communities that set purchase age at 21


November 3, 2021


The study compared tobacco use rates among students in Minnesota communities that raised the purchasing age to 21 with communities that didn't.

Minnesota communities that set 21 as the minimum age to buy tobacco products saw lower rates of tobacco use among eighth- and ninth-graders, according to a study done by University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health researchers.

About five years ago, some cities and counties raised the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21 at a time when vaping was impeding progress on tobacco reduction efforts.

A survey of Minnesota high school students in 2017 found that tobacco use had increased to 26.4% from 24.6% in 2014. It was the first increase the survey had detected since the state's Minnesota Youth Tobacco Survey began in 2000.


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