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An effort to raise the purchasing age for tobacco products in a Minnesota city from 18 to 21 failed Tuesday after backlash from the vaping community.
The Detroit Lakes City Council voted on the measure Tuesday night after hearing roughly two hours of testimony from supporters and detractors alike. The most vocal opposition came from users of electronic cigarettes in the city, who objected to the measure because it lumped in vapor products, which only contain nicotine, with all other tobacco products, reports KVRR.
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While supporters of the ordinance said it serves to protect young Americans from trying a tobacco product, vape shop owners and public health advocates argue it will harm smokers working to transition off cigarettes.
“We are hurting people that already do smoke, mainly people who switched from smoking to vaping in order to reduce the harm caused by tobacco,” Jenny Hoban, vice president of Tobacco Harm Reduction 4 Life, said Tuesday, according to KVRR. “It is going to help someone who is smoking to obtain nicotine through a clean delivery system. It’s going to get rid of the tar, carcinogens and other chemicals associated with smoking.”
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The council passed a motion in a 6-2 vote to not give the ordinance a first reading, although most members voted...
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