The Physician Advocacy Network is thrilled to announce that the Saint Paul City Council showed strong leadership in protecting the health and well-being of its residents by restricting the sale of menthol tobacco products to adult-only tobacco and liquor stores.
The St. Paul City Council approved an amendment to include menthol in the city's existing flavored tobacco restrictions limiting their sale to adult-only tobacco shops in a 6-1 vote. The measure will go into effect November 1, 2018 and menthol will also be available in liquor stores unlike other flavors.
Physician support for this measure was exceptional and we would like to thank all of those who contacted their council members, as well as Drs. Tom Kottke and Tyler Winkleman who testified at the public hearing. Medical students Dave Bergstrand and Nick Pricco also attended meetings with their city council members and published a letter to the editor in the Minnesota Daily. In addition to that, at least 50 physicians and medical students from across St. Paul contacted or sent a postcard to their their city council member to express support for the ordinance. We hope physicians will continue to reach out to the council to thank them for supporting this groundbreaking ordinance. You can find your City Council Member and their contact information on the City of St. Paul's website.