City of Tucson passes smoking ordinance

City of Tucson passes smoking ordinance
Graphic warnings may soon be placed on cigarette packages.

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The city of Tucson voted 6-1 to formally pass changes to the tobacco ordinance on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

This comes after the city council voted 4-3 to move forward with the ordinance earlier in October.

The change affects buying tobacco or vaping products inside the city limits. It does not include Oro Valley, Marana or elsewhere in Pima County.

There’s also a chance this ordinance could be preempted by the state legislature; something that has happened before.

The new age limit will be going into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

It will keep anyone under the age of 21 years old from buying tobacco or vaping products within the city limits. The changes will also require vape shops to get a retail license.

For a shop that violates this age limit, the first violation will lead to a $500 fine.

Any violations within three years after that, come with a $1,000 fine and a suspended license.

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