Roseville is the latest city in Minnesota to make 21 the legal age to buy tobacco products.

The City Council on Monday voted unanimously to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21.

Council member Robert Willmus, who raised the issue in November, said the measure will prevent those under 18 from starting to smoke and “prevent those older 18, 19 and 20-year-olds from getting even younger kids to start.”

Roseville joins the cities of Edina, St. Louis Park, Bloomington, Plymouth, North Mankato, Shoreview, Minneapolis, Falcon Heights, St. Peter and Richfield with similar laws. The ordinance will go into effect July 18.

Tim Harlow