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File #: Ord 17-28    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 11/1/2017
Title: Amending Chapter 324 of the Legislative Code by adding menthol, mint or wintergreen and fruit to the definition of flavored products.
Sponsors: Jane L. Prince, Amy Brendmoen, Dai Thao, Russ Stark, Rebecca Noecker, Dan Bostrom
Attachments: 1. Hmong 18 Council letter, 2. Metro OBGYN letter, 3. Comment rec'd by Council, 4. HealthPartners Letter to SP menthol, 5. St. Paul Menthol LOS - RHI, 6. CWMN Letter of Support - Restricting Menthol St Paul, 7. ASNDC re menthol tobacco, 8. Court Shoppe letter re tobacco ordinance, 9. HAP_ltr_support_mentholSP_draft_20170517 BV signed, 10. keeney letter re menthol tobacco, 11. SHA Comment Menthol Cigarette Ordinance 8.17.17, 12. AATCLC St. Paul Letter 9.11.pdf, 13. SPPS Menthol Tobacco Resolution, 14. American Indian Cancer Foundation letter, 15. MCA LOS StPaul Menthol, 16. Tobacco Free Alliance, 17. Comment rec'd by Council 2, 18. Comment rec'd by Council 3, 19. Blue Cross Blue Shield Letter of Support, 20. TCMS Letter of Support, 21. Stairstep Foundation Letter, 22. ACS CAN Letter of Support - St. Paul, 23. AHA St. Paul Menthol Letter 9.14.pdf, 24. Comment rec'd by Council 4, 25. Comment rec'd by Council 5, 26. Comment rec'd by Council 6, 27. Comment rec'd by Council 7, 28. 4 Beautiful Lie Ugly Truth Postcards, 29. ANSR Letter of Support, 30. Board Chapter 324-Amendment September 2017 Letter, 31. Family Tree Clinic Letter, 32. Comment rec'd by Council 8, 33. Laurie Parham Ltr of Opposition, 34. Marty Thomas Opposition, 35. Linda Huber opposition, 36. Menthol Coalition Letter, 37. Menthol Coalition Members_August2017, 38. Prominent_Leaders_Support_List, 39. Menthol letter-Ed, 40. Health Care Organizations Letter of Support, 41. Comment rec'd by Council 9, 42. Comment rec'd by Council 10, 43. Comment rec'd by Council 11, 44. Bara Berg Letter 9-20-17, 45. SEIU Healthcare Letter 9-20-17, 46. Ain Dah Yung Center Letter 9-20-17, 47. AALF-St. Paul Letter, 48. Minnesota Medical Association Letter, 49. MNAAP letter, 50. MSBC Letter to St Paul City Council, 51. NAACP_Menthol_Letter, 52. Comment rec'd by Council 12, 53. Comment rec'd by Council 13, 54. Comment rec'd by Council 14, 55. MN American Lung Assn Letter, 56. Open Cities Letter, 57. Menthol Tobacco Dialogue Meeting 9-26-17, 58. Comment rec'd by Council 15, 59. Comment rec'd by Council 16, 60. Comment rec'd by Council 17, 61. ASANDC Menthol letter, 62. MN Dept of Health Letter, 63. Comment rec'd by Council 18, 64. Comment rec'd by Council 19, 65. Comment rec'd by Council 20, 66. Comment rec'd by Council 21, 67. SAPCC Letter of support, 68. Comment rec'd by Council 22, 69. Comment rec'd by Council 23, 70. CLUES Letter, 71. Comment rec'd by Council 23, 72. Blue Cross Blue Shield Letter of Support menthol ordinance 171025_final, 73. Coalition of Neighborhood Retailers, 74. Comment rec'd by Council 24, 75. Coalition of Neighborhood Retailers2, 76. Minneapolis Menthol Mint and Wintergreen Economic Impact Study Summary (October 2017), 77. Comment rec'd by Council 25, 78. 10-24-19 Stakeholders Meeting Letter
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
11/7/20173 Mayor's Office Signed  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/1/20173 City Council AdoptedPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
10/25/20172 City Council Amended and Laid Over for Final AdoptionPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
9/27/20172 City Council Laid Over to Final AdoptionPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
9/20/20171 City Council Continue Public HearingPass Action details Meeting details Video Video
9/13/20171 City Council Laid Over to Third Reading/Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Video Video
9/6/20171 City Council Laid Over to Second ReadingPass Action details Meeting details Not available

Title

Amending Chapter 324 of the Legislative Code by adding menthol, mint or wintergreen and fruit to the definition of flavored products.

 

Body

THE COUNCIL OF THE Saint Paul Legislative Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

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Sec. 324.03. - Definitions.

The following words and phrases, as used in this chapter, shall, for the purposes of this chapter, have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section, except in those cases where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

(1)                     Cigar means any roll of tobacco that is wrapped in tobacco leaf, or in any other substance containing tobacco, with or without a tip or mouthpiece, that is not a cigarette as defined in Minn. Stat. § 297F.01, subd. 3, as may be amended from time to time.

(2)                     Electronic delivery device means any product containing or delivering nicotine, lobelia, or any other substance intended for human consumption that can be used by a person to simulate smoking in the delivery of nicotine or any other substance through inhalation of vapor from the product. Electronic delivery device includes any component part of a product, whether or not marketed or sold separately. Electronic delivery device does not include any product that has been approved or certified by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco-cessation product, as a tobacco-dependence product, or for other medical purposes, and is marketed and sold for such an approved purpose.

(3)                     Flavored product means any tobacco product, tobacco-related device, electronic delivery device, or nicotine or lobelia delivery product that contains a taste or smell, other than the taste or smell of tobacco, menthol, mint or wintergreen, that is distinguishable by an ordinary consumer either prior to or during the consumption of the tobacco product, electronic delivery device, or nicotine or lobelia delivery product, including, but not limited to, any taste or smell relating to menthol, mint, wintergreen, chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, honey, fruit, or any candy, dessert, alcoholic beverage, herb, or spice. A public statement or claim, whether express or implied, made or disseminated by the manufacturer of a tobacco product, tobacco-related device, electronic delivery device, or nicotine or lobelia delivery product, or by any person authorized or permitted by the manufacturer to make or disseminate public statements concerning such product or device, that the product or device has or produces a taste or smell other than tobacco menthol, mint or wintergreen, shall constitute presumptive evidence that the product or device is a flavored product.

(4)                     Nicotine or lobelia delivery product means any product containing or delivering nicotine or lobelia intended for human consumption, or any part of such a product, that is not a tobacco product or an electronic delivery device, as defined in this section. Nicotine or lobelia delivery product does not include any product that has been approved or otherwise certified for legal sale by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco-cessation product, as a tobacco-dependence product, or for other medical purposes, and is marketed and sold for such an approved purpose.

(5)                     Sale means and includes any transfer, conditional or otherwise, of title or possession.

(6)                     Sale at retail means and includes all sales except those where the merchandise is sold for the purpose of resale by a person principally engaged in selling merchandise for resale.

(7)                     Tobacco or tobacco product means any product containing, made, or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, whether chewed, smoked, absorbed, dissolved, inhaled, snorted, sniffed, or ingested by any other means, or any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product, including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, little cigars; cheroots; stogies; periques; granulated, plug cut, crimp cut, ready rubbed, and other smoking tobacco; snuff; snuff flour; cavendish; plug and twist tobacco; fine cut and other chewing tobacco; shorts; refuse scraps, clippings, cuttings and sweepings of tobacco, and other kinds and forms of tobacco. Tobacco products excludes any tobacco product that has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for sale as a tobacco-cessation product, as a tobacco-dependence product, or for other medical purposes, and is being marketed and sold solely for such an approved purpose.

(8)                     Tobacco-related devices means cigarette papers, pipes for smoking, or other devices intentionally designed or intended to be used in a manner which enables the chewing, sniffing, smoking, or inhalation of vapors of tobacco or tobacco products. Tobacco-related devices include components of tobacco-related devices which may be marketed or sold separately.

(9)                     Tobacco vending machine means a machine for vending tobacco, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia delivery devices by the insertion of money, tokens, or other form of payment.

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SECTION 2

Section 324.07 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 324.07. - Sales prohibited.

(a) No person shall sell a cigarette outside its original packaging containing health warnings satisfying the requirements of federal law. No cigarettes shall be sold in packages of fewer than twenty (20) cigarettes.

(b)  No person shall sell or dispense tobacco, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia delivery devices from a motor vehicle or other movable place of business.

(c)  No person shall sell tobacco, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia delivery products from vending machines unless the vending machines are in a facility that cannot be entered at any time by persons younger than eighteen (18) years of age.

(d)  No person shall offer for sale tobacco, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia delivery products in any open displays which are accessible to the public without the intervention of a store employee. This restriction shall not apply to retail stores which derive at least ninety (90) percent of their revenue from tobacco and tobacco-related devices, and where the retailer ensures that no person younger than eighteen (18) years of age is present, or permitted to enter, at any time.

(e)  No person shall sell, offer for sale, or otherwise distribute cigars in original packages containing three (3) or fewer cigars for a sale price, after any coupons, multipack or buy-one/get-one promotions, or any other discounts are applied and prior to applicable sales taxes being imposed, of less than two dollars and sixty cents ($2.60) per cigar contained within. In addition, no person shall sell, offer for sale, or otherwise distribute cigars in original packages of four (4) or more cigars for a sale price, after any coupons, multipack or buy-one/get-one promotions, or any other discounts are applied and prior to applicable sales taxes being imposed, of less than ten dollars and forty cents ($10.40) per package.

(f)  No person shall sell, offer for sale, or otherwise distribute any flavored products. This restriction shall not apply to retail stores that derive at least ninety (90) percent of their revenue from the sale of tobacco products, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia delivery products and where the retailer ensures that no person under eighteen (18) years of age is permitted to enter, at any time.

(g)  Sale to minors prohibited.

(1)  Whoever sells or furnishes tobacco, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia delivery products to a person under the age of eighteen (18) years is guilty of a misdemeanor for the first violation. Whoever violates this section a subsequent time within five (5) years of a previous conviction is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

(2)  It is an affirmative defense to a charge under this subdivision if the defendant proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant reasonably and in good faith relied on proof of age as described in Minn. Stat. § 340A.503, subd. 6.

(h)  Exceptions.

(1)  Notwithstanding section (g), individuals exempted under Minn. Stat. § 609.685 are also exempt from this section.

(2)  The penalties in this section do not apply to a person under the age of eighteen (18) years who purchases or attempts to purchase tobacco, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia products while under the direct supervision of a responsible adult for training, education, research, or enforcement purposes.

(3)  Retail stores that derive at least ninety (90) percent of their revenue from the sale of tobacco products, tobacco-related devices, electronic delivery devices, or nicotine or lobelia delivery products and where the retailer ensures that no person under eighteen (18) years of age is permitted to enter, at any time are permitted to sell and offer for sale flavored tobacco products.

(4)  Establishments holding an Off-sale intoxicating liquor license issued by the City of Saint Paul under chapter 409 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code who also hold a license for tobacco sales under this chapter shall be permitted to sell and offer for sale flavored tobacco products only in the following flavors:  menthol, mint, and wintergreen.                       

(i)  Any violation of this chapter shall subject the licensee to provisions of chapter 310 and section 324.11 of the Saint Paul Legislative Code.

 

SECTION 3

 

This Ordinance shall take effect and be in force beginning November 1, 2018. thirty (30) ninety (90) days following its passage, approval and publication .

 

 

 

 

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