Cottonwood raises legal age for tobacco purchases
The Cottonwood City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 620 Tuesday night after a nearly three hour debate between proponents and opponents, mainly businessmen. The ordinance would raise the legal age to purchase and possess tobacco products, nicotine alternatives and vapor products from 18 to 21. Cottonwood would become the first city in Arizona to make the policy following the lead of 150 cities nationwide and the state of Hawaii. Councilmen made the decision that it was a choice between sales and health. But, Mayor Diane Joens wanted assurances from the Yavapai Anti-Tobacco Coalition of Youth (YATCY) , which brought the initiative, that they would also seek a similar decision by surrounding communities, in order to protect local retailers from competition.
The ordinance becomes effective in 30 days.
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