Youth Tobacco Laws Revised

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Superior Telegram

County Revises Tobacco Ordinance Again

Douglas County is again looking at changes to its ordinance dealing with tobacco and minors.

One Douglas County ordinance restricts the sale or gift of nicotine or tobacco products to minors; the other addresses possession by minors. Neither ordinance refers specifically to vaping products. Telegram file

One Douglas County ordinance restricts the sale or gift of nicotine or tobacco products to minors; the other addresses possession by minors. Neither ordinance refers specifically to vaping products. Telegram file

The current ordinance prohibits the sale of tobacco products to people younger than 18 and also prohibits them from possessing tobacco products.

However, after a misunderstanding arose about the penalty portion of the ordinance, corporate counselor Caroly Pierce took a look at the ordinance to determine what it meant.

“I split it into two different ordinances because it’s easier in terms of the penalties,” Pierce said.

One ordinance restricts the sale or gift of nicotine or tobacco products to minors, and the other addresses…

 

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