Cleveland City Council passed legislation on Monday (December 7th, 2015) banning the sale or distribution of cigarettes, tobacco or other smoking products, including electronic cigarettes, to young adults. The hope is that increasing the minimum sales age from 18 would disrupt the supply to adolescents and teens. The Council also passed a resolution calling for the city to follow the Cleveland Clinic’s lead and begin hiring only non-smokers by 2017.
Council has postponed a vote on a third piece in the package that would ban the sale of flavored tobacco products everywhere but in retail tobacco stores.
According to the Cleveland.com article, “Dr. Rob Crane, president of Tobacco 21, a Columbus-based agency urging state and local governments to increase the legal minimum sales age, testified that new data provide strong evidence that such laws can decrease the number of adolescents who start smoking by as much as 25 percent.”
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