Excelsior became the latest city in Minnesota to raise the tobacco and e-cigarette sales age to 21.

The city passed the ordinance on Monday, along with banning the sale of such products within 500 feet of elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to assist the folks in Excelsior with their advocacy needs by developing a report, complete with maps, that examined retailer locations in relation to schools. They presented the report, along with other materials, in a packet to their city council to pass the policies.

Excelsior is the 13th city in Minnesota to raise the tobacco sales age to 21. Edina, Saint Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Falcon Heights, Shoreview, Minneapolis, Saint Peter, Richfield, Roseville and Minnetonka have also raised the tobacco sales age to 21.