The Garrison City will become the first municipality in the state to raise the age to legally possess, use and purchase tobacco products in Dover to 21 years old.
The City Council voted to approve the ordinance change on a 6-1-2 vote, with Ward 4 Councilor Marcia Gasses voting no, Mayor Karen Weston recusing, and Ward 6 Councilor Matthew Keane absent from the meeting.
Members of Dover Youth to Youth had brought forward the resolution and asked Weston to sponsor it, which she agreed to do. Weston recused herself from the discussion and vote to avoid a conflict of interest as the store she co-owns with her family sells cigarettes.
Three members of Dover Youth to Youth, Hannah Martuscello, Olivia Malone and Elsa Rogers, spoke on behalf of the ordinance during its public hearing before the council vote at Wednesday’s council meeting. They said the by raising the age from 18 years old to 21 to purchase, possess and use tobacco would increase the health and safety of the youth in the city. While they noted that tobacco use has been on the decline for years, there has been an increase in e-cigarette use, which has become an issue at the high school bathrooms, they said.
Jun 28, 2018