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Our View: On new tobacco rule: What's the point of it?


March 13, 2020

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners passed a revised tobacco ordinance last month, and we have a question: Why bother?

The new ordinance prohibits the sale of tobacco and vaping products to people under the age of 21, which a federal law already does.

But the revised version completely removed the provision that would have prevented stores from selling flavored products. That means, as long as you’re 21 years old, you can buy bubblegum flavored vapes, spearmint chew and even grape flavored cigars.

The revisions came after a number of local business owners that sell tobacco products...

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