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New law protecting youth from tobacco products takes effect today

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A new state law protecting Minnesota youth from the harmful effects of tobacco products takes effect today, August 1.

The Tobacco Modernization and Compliance Act was passed by the 2010 Legislature and signed into law by Governor Tim Pawlenty.

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The new law applies existing state tobacco taxes and regulations to new smokeless tobacco products which attract young customers because they are low-cost. Specifically, the law:

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