The Carlton County Board of Commissioners will be reviewing a proposed tobacco ordinance at a public hearing Monday, Dec. 23, during their regularly scheduled board meeting. The main inclusions proposed are to increase the legal sales age for tobacco to 21 and restrictions on the sale of menthol/flavorings.

The priority given to this topic has been in response to the increased addiction rates in younger ages as of late, and the correlation and research behind these two main topic areas as proven strategies to help reduce youth use and addiction rates, according to a news release from Carlton County Public Health and Human Services.

Residents may contact their commissioner to provide input and ask questions until Friday, Dec. 20.

County commissioners

  • Dick Brenner, District 1 — 218-879-5572, dick.brenner@co.carlton.mn.us.

  • Marv Bodie, District 2 — 218-879-2085, marv.bodie@co.carlton.mn.us.

  • Thomas Proulx, District 3 — 218-348-4288, thomas.proulx@co.carlton.mn.us.

  • Mark Thell, District 4 — 218-851-7718, mark.thell@co.carlton.mn.us.

  • Gary Peterson, District 5 — 218-380-4949, gary.peterson@co.carlton.mn.us.