Cottonwood to vote on Tobacco-21 ordinance tonight
The Cottonwood City Council will hear the second and final reading of Ordinance 620 Tuesday evening. The ordinance, if approved, would make Cottonwood the first city in Arizona to adopt the Tobacco 21 initiative. Tobacco 21 would restrict smoking, possession of tobacco and vapor products to those 21 and older, rather than 18 years old as is currently the case. Cities and towns across the county, as well as the state of Hawaii have already adopted the ordinance.
Health agencies say it is well-known that people who start using these substances at a young age are more likely to become and remain addicted, and to suffer life-threatening, and even fatal health complications later in life.
The purpose of raising is to reduce the number of young people who become life-long users of these substances and products. But the primary emphasis of law enforcement and the court with respect to these new restrictions will be education and prevention, not punishment.
At least one vendor worries that the Cottonwood ordinance would cause the users to make purchases outside the city.
The council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening in Cottonwood council chambers, 826 N. Main Street, Cottonwood.