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Minneapolis approves $15 minimum for cigarette packs, highest in U.S.

Minneapolis is on track to have the highest government-mandated minimum price for cigarettes in the nation after the City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a $15-per-pack floor, before taxes.

In addition, the changes approved Thursday, which also set minimum prices for cigars, pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco, ban all discounts or coupons on tobacco products.

That's no small thing; the highest retail prices in the city are already reaching $13.50, but coupons frequently allow smokers to pay far less - a targeted marketing maneuver that anti-smoking advocates say keeps adult smokers hooked and lowers the barrier for younger people to start.


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