Free Webinar: Is Your City Considering T21 or Other Tobacco Regulations? Considerations for Your City

Oct. 23 — 1-2 p.m.

Register now!

What is T21?

T21, otherwise known as Tobacco 21, is a national campaign aimed at raising the minimum legal age for tobacco and nicotine sales in the United States to 21. The T21 movement started in 1996 in an effort to reduce the number of teens smoking and using tobacco. Almost 95% of addicted adult smokers started smoking by age 21. By increasing the age, T21 hopes to reduce the percentage of adults who smoke and make it more difficult for youth to access tobacco products. In 2017, youth tobacco use in Minnesota rose for the first time in 17 years. As of September 10, 2019, 43 cities in Minnesota have raised the tobacco age to 21, but there is no statewide law increasing the tobacco age. In addition, some cities have enacted local regulations limiting the sale of certain tobacco products.

What will this webinar cover?

During this free webinar, presenters from the Mitchell Hamline Public Health Law Center will take you through key components of T21 and other tobacco regulation, providing a background of the movement at a national level and then focusing on what this means for Minnesota cities. You’ll become familiar with the trends, discuss potential pitfalls, and explore options for and enforcement of T21 and other tobacco regulations should your city decide to regulate tobacco beyond the state requirements.

Join us for this online session to:

  • Explore the legal and practical aspects of T21 policies passed by other states and local jurisdictions outside of Minnesota, as well as proposed federal T21 legislation
  • Learn the trending components and considerations of Minnesota’s communities T21 efforts, including implementation and enforcement provisions, complementary public health policies, and tobacco industry and retailer responses
  • Become familiar with the impacts of e-cigarettes and flavored products and how they relate to tobacco control regulations.
  • Be able to ask questions about T21 and what it means for Minnesota cities (please submit them in advance to

Natasha Phelps, Staff Attorney and Lead for Local Minnesota Policy, Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Joelle Lester, Director of Commercial Tobacco Control Program, Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Ann Lindstrom, Intergovernmental Relations Representative, League of Minnesota Cities

About the Public Health Law Center:
The Public Health Law Center collaborates with others to reduce and eliminate commercial tobacco, promote healthy food, support physical activity, and address other causes of chronic disease. Our belief in health and equity for all people is at the core of our work. Our partnerships include Tribal health leaders, federal agencies, national health advocacy organizations, state and local governments, planners, researchers, attorneys, community coalitions, and individuals working on public health issues. Our deep knowledge, thoughtful legal and policy analysis, and individualized approach help these partners create healthier communities around the country.

Kyle Hartnett, Research Staff Attorney, League of Minnesota Cities

Who should attend:
City administrators, clerks, mayors, and councilmembers


Oct. 23 — 12-1 p.m.
A recording of the webinar will be available by Oct. 25.

You will be participating via the internet using GoToWebinar. An email confirmation with instructions to join the session will be sent after registration is completed.