Brooklyn Center to raise price of cigars

Published 10:17 am Friday, May 16, 2014

BROOKLYN CENTER — The city of Brooklyn Center has adopted an ordinance that will raise the price of sweet-tasting cigars known as “little cigars,” in hopes of deterring young people from using them.

Little cigars typically sell for less than $1. The ordinance that takes effect June 7 raises the price to at least $2.10 each if they are sold in packs of less than five.

Brooklyn Center is the first city in Minnesota to adopt an ordinance to reduce the use of little cigars. Cities in other states have similar ordinances.

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The city council approved the rules after a survey showed about 37 percent of 12th-grade boys at Brooklyn Center High School used little cigars.

Vendors objected, saying customers will just go to nearby cities.