Healdsburg bans tobacco sales to anyone under 21
Healdsburg on Monday became the first city in the state to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21, in a move hailed as a step to cutting down on youth smoking, but also criticized as putting local retailers at a disadvantage and exposing the city to potential liability.
On a 4-1 vote, the council approved what was described as the first city ordinance in the state to raise the age from 18 to 21 for a person to purchase cigarettes and tobacco products.
“This is about trying to save people’s lives — prevent disease,” Mayor Jim Wood said. “I see more young people than ever before smoking. It’s distressing.”
“Anything we can do to turn the tide on smoking, we have an obligation to do,” Councilman Tom Chambers said.
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