First tobacco sales ban passed

In case you missed it: The Beverly Hills, Calif., City Council last week unanimously approved a ban on the sale of tobacco products in their city.

The ban will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2021, according to the anti-tobacco organization Action on Smoking and Health, which celebrated the decision in a news release.

"The tobacco epidemic is the greatest manmade catastrophe of all time," said Doug Blanke, executive director of the Public Health Law Center at the Hamline Law School in St. Paul, in the news release. "It's on track to kill a billion smokers before the century is out. But we may look back and say that this was the day that changed all that."

The ban will apply to gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies and grocery stores. Exemptions were approved for hotel concierge services and a few private cigar clubs.


  • A free youth mental health first aid training course will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 at the Brookston Community Center, 8200 Belich Road, Cloquet. Registration is required. Learn more or register by contacting the sponsoring organization, National Alliance on Mental Illness, at (651) 645-2948 or see "classes" at
  • Ann Forrest-Clark, an occupational therapist at St. Luke's, will talk about driving with Parkinson's Disease and living well with Parkinson's at the next meeting of the Parkinson's support group from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Primrose Retirement Community, 724 Maple Grove Road.
  • Dave and Cindy Watson will tell the story about how he is healing from heart disease and quadruple bypass surgery using a low-fat, plant-based died from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Blue Room at the Mount Royal Branch Library.

Compiled by John Lundy