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Twin Cities suburb expected to make tobacco buying age 21

EDINA — A Twin Cities suburb is poised to become the first city in Minnesota to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

Minnesota Public Radio reports the Edina City Council is expected to approve the measure Tuesday evening.

Edina Mayor Jim Hovland said the measure is comparative to the move to eliminate smoking in public places.

“All of that had its genesis at the local level,” Hovland said. “And it percolated up to the state Legislature where finally something got done about it.”