TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) –
The Tucson City Council will debate on an ordinance which would ban the sale of tobacco and vaping products to anyone under the age of 21.
“This is basically a deterrent,” said Ward II Council member Paul Cunningham, one of the sponsors of the proposed ordinance. “A prevention measure for kids starting at a young age.” Studies show most smokers start at a very young age especially when cigarettes are made readily available by someone 18 or over. High School seniors, who are legal to buy, often socialize with younger, underclassmen. The Moon Smoke Shop of 4th Avenue, just down the street from Tucson High School, confirms that.
“A lot of them are seniors and they’re 18,” said Joe, who works in the shop. “They’re old enough now.” He says they turn away young people all the time though. “You have to be 18 to enter the shop,” he said. “If you’re accompanied by minors outside, we’ll stop you and say we can’t make the sale.” Cunningham explained that the Tobacco21 movement is “kid driven.” “So it’s a youth movement.”
August 1, 2018