The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners has thrown out support for more anti -smoking initiatives in St. Louis. Paul and countywide.
A unanimous commissioner resolution passed Tuesday supports a minimum floor price on cigarettes and smoke -free tobacco and a ban on redeeming coupons and store discounts on all tobacco products in Ramsey County. The resolution is intended to help guide and restore an ordinance introduced in St. Louis. Paul this month and anything like it that could pop up in other cities and towns in the province.
In an ongoing effort to curb tobacco sales to youth and other vulnerable groups, San Paul City Council on Oct. 27 is expected to consider a sweeping the law against tobacco which would reduce the number of tobacco licenses available in the city, set a minimum price of $ 10 for cigarette packs and ban cigarette coupons and price promotions, including vaping coupons.
Maintaining high tobacco prices reduces use, especially among teens and lower -income smokers, said Selena Salfen, a health educator at St. Louis. Paul-Ramsey Public Health. He said studies have shown that a $ 10 per pack retail price and adjustment of discounts could result in more than 637,000 fewer smokers between 12- and 17-years-old.
People who receive tobacco coupons and cigarettes are more likely to start using tobacco and more likely to quit, he said. The price discount can attract tobacco users as signage at a gas station, coupons on the back of grocery store receipts or through mailers, text messages or phone app notifications, which some will end in minutes, “encouraging quick judgment purchases,” he said.
The proposed ordinance in St. Paul has the support of more than 40 local and state organizations, according to county officials.
But the prospect of creating a minimum pack price of $ 10 in St. Louis. Paul and possibly elsewhere are likely to get scrutiny from the retail industry, given that state law already sets minimum costs by brand and sub-brand. A long state formula takes into account the manufacturer’s price, a cigarette postage fee and sales tax, a wholesale cost of doing business and the retail cost of doing business.
County commissioners have previously taken action to control tobacco and smoking. In 2015, they enacted the province’s clean indoor air order, and two years later supported city restrictions that now only allow the sale of tobacco menthol products in tobacco stores.