The law on 'lighting up' has changed in Cottonwood
COTTONWOOD -- One month ago, the Yavapai County Anti-Smoking Coalition of Youth was thrilled to have won unanimous city council approval of an ordinance to raise the age for tobacco use to 21 in the city.
The local ordinance became effective in Cottonwood
Friday, June 3.
Cottonwood is the first Arizona municipality to join the fold of Tobbacco-21, the nationwide youth-led movement to postpone the personal tobacco use with the hope that more potential smokers will never adopt the habit.
The smoking ban for those younger than 21 in Cottonwood was approved the same day that the State of California also raised the smoking age to 21. Now California and Hawaii, as well as 155 cities and towns in 11 states, have raised the smoking age.
Cottonwood has printed uniform posters and distributed them to retail establishments to educate their employees and the public on the new code.
Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell has given a directive to his staff that the department will initially place priority on education rather than enforcement.
Steve Horton, Cottonwood's City Attorney, said his office fielded a number of questions about the new code, shortly after passage, but, at this point, the ordinance will take effect with no changes.