Litchfield Gets Put on the T21 Map

February 28th, 2020
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020 marks the day that the new tobacco ordinance in Litchfield was officially passed. It will go into effect on March 4th. Litchfield joins 62 other communities in Minnesota to pass such a policy. Even though federal tobacco 21 was passed, it’s still important for local jurisdictions to follow suit. The federal T21 policy can only be enforced by federal entities, like the FDA. Now that Litchfield has included it in their own ordinance, local law enforcement can now enforce the policy.

Each city council member passed the ordinance unanimously. Even though it took a full year to get to this point, the council members did their due diligence and came together to agree on one ordinance. Other important policies in the new ordinance include; removal of Purchase-Use-Possession laws for minors, minimum distance between tobacco retailers, and updated definitions that include e-cigarettes. Litchfield has taken the leap to go T21 and 39% of Minnesota is now covered by a T21 policy.

 

Full image of the map can be found here.

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