The Cloquet City Council unanimously voted to raise the age to purchase tobacco products and related to devices from 18 to 21 during its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 4.
The Council move brings the city into compliance with federal standards after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration raised the age across the country to 21 in December.
While Carlton County took the extra step of restricting the sale of menthol and flavored tobacco when it approved its Tobacco 21 ordinance, Cloquet’s change only affected the age when people can purchase the products. It did not address other items like flavor, the age of clerks selling the products or the distance from schools and parks tobacco can be used.
Since Cloquet issues tobacco licenses to businesses within the city limits, those stores are unaffected by the county ordinance.