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File #: Ord 21-29    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 11/3/2021
Title: Amending Chapter 324 of the Legislative Code in order to create separate licenses for Tobacco Products Shops and Tobacco Shops, to restrict pricing discounts or coupons, and to create a distance requirement between establishments licensed to sell tobacco.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Mitra Jalali, Jane L. Prince, Dai Thao, Chris Tolbert, Nelsie Yang, Rebecca Noecker
Attachments: 1. 324.10 (b) Presumptive Penalties, 2. Location-Tobacco-Ecig-Point-Of-Sale-2019, 3. Regulating-the-Location-Density-and-Type-of-Tobacco-Retailers, 4. Sources of Data, 5. Ord 21-29 - Linda Basta Vasquez, 6. Ord 21-29 - Coalition of Neighborhood Retailers, 7. Ord 21-29 - Robert P Coughlin, 8. Ord 21-29 - Chris Oshea, 9. Ord 21-29 - Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, 10. Ward 2 Public Comments ORD 21-29, 11. Ord 21-29 - American Lung Association, 12. Ord 21-29 - Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 13. Ord 21-29 - Bob Coughlin, 14. Ord 21-29 - Association for Nonsmokers, 15. Ord 21-29 - 32 Letters, 16. Ord 21-29 - George Gerges, 17. Ord 21-29 - HealthPartners, 18. Ord 21-29 - Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, 19. Ord 21-29 - Sierra Leone Aid Initiative, 20. Ord 21-29 - Clearway Minnesota, 21. Ord 21-29 - Tobacco Free Alliance, 22. Ord 21-29 - Minnesota Cancer Alliance, 23. Ord 21-29 - Association for Nonsmokers-Update, 24. ALMAS Video, 25. Ord 21-29 - Kent Anzaldi, 26. Ord 21-29 - Ramsey County Board of Commissioners Resolution, 27. Ord 21-29 - Minnesota Public Health Association, 28. Ord 21-29 - Allina Health, 29. Ord 21-29 - Saint Paul Youth Commission, 30. Ord 21-29 - Hmong Public Health Association, 31. Ord 21-29 - TouHu Vang, 32. Ord 21-29 - David Klevan, 33. Ord 21-29 - 50 postcards, 34. Ord 21-29 - Sarah Moore, 35. Abdalla Letter
Title
Amending Chapter 324 of the Legislative Code in order to create separate licenses for Tobacco Products Shops and Tobacco Shops, to restrict pricing discounts or coupons, and to create a distance requirement between establishments licensed to sell tobacco.

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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAINT PAUL DOES ORDAIN:

SECTION 1

WHEREAS, the Saint Paul Zoning Code has a separate use identified as a “Tobacco Products Shop”, St. Paul Leg. Code § 65.535; and

WHEREAS, Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 324 regulates tobacco licenses in general, but does not distinguish between or define a Tobacco Products Shop and a Tobacco Shop; and

WHEREAS, the Council wishes to distinguish between a retail store that that is accessible to minors and can sell limited products (Tobacco Shop) and a retail store that that can only be entered by persons who are age 21 or over that can sell additional types of products (Tobacco Products Shop); and

WHEREAS, a clearer definition will allow the City to more easily enforce existing regulations; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statute § 609.685 regulates the sale of tobacco to persons under 21 imposing administrative, petty misdemeanor, and misdemeanor penalties and it is not necessary for a separate ordinance penalty; and

WHEREAS, price is the single most important factor in reducing smoking; and

WHEREAS, tobacco is a leading cause of premature, preventable death in Minnesota and high prices are the single most effective way of preventing youth from starting to smoke and encouraging adults to quit; and

WHEREAS, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco, contain nicotine, which is highly addictive; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota’s progress in reducing smoking among youth and adults is undermined by price discounts and price promotions and in 2018 the rate of tobacco used among youth increased for the first time in 17 years; and

WHEREAS, tobacco companies spent $9.1 billion in 2018 to lower the price of tobacco products by using s...

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Date NameDistrictOpinionCommentAction
11/3/2021 11:04 PML. Daak For The Minnesota Prevention Alliance strongly and fiercely support ordinances of this kind. They protect our youth from the dangers of tobacco products. Thank you for considering this ordinance amendment to be on of the strongest in the State.
10/20/2021 12:19 AMWard 2 Against I believe this will do nothing but chase more smaller business out of st. Paul. People will just go else where. This will not help people quit smoking. I think crime, the pandemic and the fact people can not afford food right now. Please get your priorities straight! As a resident of st.paul for almost 65 years, I have to say that in the p*** few years I have considered moving out of the city because of the government costing me more money with every crazy new idea. It is much easier and cheaper to shop and live in surrounding areas. And safer! Please focus on whats important! Plus if it's not illegal to force businesses to charge a certain amount for a certain product...it should be. +2 -1
10/14/2021 7:29 PMJames Wilkinson For I strongly support the efforts to reduce tobacco in the City. These are good steps. As a member of the St Paul Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Commission, I will report that the Commission p***ed a resolution of support for such a proposal some months. ago. +1