Cigarette and Tobacco Sales Under Scrutiny

March 20, 2018

City Council is considering legislation that would prohibit the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. The legislation was proposed by Mayor Horrigan and At Large Councilwoman Linda Omobien as an initiative to improve the general health of Akron's citizens. Some of the statistics they presented to support the legislation: tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.; 16 million American's have and  tobacco-related diseases; and tobacco use contributes to infant mortality, and Akron's infant mortality rate is twice the national average. 270 cities nation wide have already adopted similar legislation, and 75% of adults favor raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Council took time to consider the legislation and will discuss it again next week.