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Woodbury tobacco ordinance updated to protect minors

An update in the city’s tobacco ordinance takes aim at restricting sales to minors and eliminating all cigarette vending machines.

The outdated section of the ordinance didn’t include electronic cigarettes and the update changes the language, broadening it to cover all tobacco products.

New language was adopted by Woodbury City Council last month.

“This ordinance is about protecting kids and protecting kids from legally purchasing tobacco and nicotine products,” Council Member Christopher Burns said.

During the review period of the ordinance, the city approved a moratorium to prevent excessive licensing of tobacco product shops and product sampling.

However, the moratorium didn’t affect existing licensed facilities within the city and ended at the end of June.

Updates in the ordinance make it clear that sale of electronic cigarettes are not allowed to minors, Burns said.

“Another facility could satisfy our ordinance and there might be some potential exposure,” he said. “So we wanted to make sure that our ordinance appropriately dealt with the changes in tobacco and nicotine devices.”

Another section of the ordinance makes it completely illegal to operate cigarette vending machines, although the practice seems to have diminished in the city of Woodbury.

“We just took out some language that would’ve still allowed them in certain circumstances,” Burns said. “Now we just don’t allow tobacco vending machines.”

Overall the new ordinance streamlines all language related to tobacco products, he added.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.