NORTH MANKATO, Minn. — More than 40 people went to a North Mankato City Council meeting Tuesday to support a North Mankato ordinance to raise the tobacco-selling age to 21.
They had doctors. They had medical experts. They had retired nurses, college students and even middle-schoolers tell council members to pass the ordinance.
“It is important that you raise the age to pay to 21 so that it’s harder for teenagers under the age of 21 to get tobacco products,” said Anna Leafblad, an eighth-grader at Dakota Meadows Middle School.
Nicollet County Public Health Director Mary Hildebrandt expressed concern over tobacco companies targeting teens who can get 18-year-old friends to buy them e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. And Griffin Goode, a Minnesota State University student, testified he started smoking at 14 years old in large part because he could get cigarettes from an 18-year-old friend.
“Not many 14-year-olds or 16-year-olds are friends with many 21-year-olds,” Goode said. “It would be much harder to get those cigarettes from somebody that’s that much older than you are.”
Man, kids are kids and I’ve been there and you’ve been there and we’ve all been there. Chillin’ with the boys on a Friday night and that one weird dude that is still hanging around your hometown can’t buy you a case of beer so you go to your next best option: a pack of smokes or some old fashion chewing tobacco. We got these fukn moms trying to ruin things for young kids. Listen, I don’t condone teens to smoke or chew or drink or do drugs or whatever but I think it’s important for them to experience. It’s the old unwritten rule, “you let your kids have a little alcohol before college because if you don’t, the first time they have a beer or sip of liquor in college, they are gonna end up in detox because they aren’t prepared.” I’m pretty sure no one says that to their kids besides me as a dad when I have kids in the far far far future. These fukn moms and helicopter dads in Mankato, Minn., 40 to be exact, want to bump the tobacco-selling age to 21. I mean you cannot protect your kid forever. Listen and I get it. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco IT’S ALL BAD, DO NOT DO IT. But kids are going to experiment and parents should let their kids find out for themselves that this kind of shit isn’t good for you instead of sheltering them from making their own decisions.
Also — griz green is the best.