The city of Fayetteville, N.C. has been looking into proposed legislation changes that would limit how close tobacco retailers could be to residential areas, churches, schools and other tobacco retailers, but any hopes of making those changes will have to wait for at least a few more months.

On July 15, the city’s planning commission voted to postpone any changes so staff members could resolve additional issues and make changes to draft rules.

The first draft of the ordinance could have forced the closure of dozens of tobacco shops, including cigar shops and lounges, but that number was decreased to ten stores after the first round of revisions, according to the Fayetteville Observer. With this latest postponement, it is the hope of the planning commission that no existing businesses will be forced to close.

The commission is looking at September to revisit the matter, which could get the proposal to the city council in October.

Fayetteville is located in the central part of the state. It has a population around 200,000 and is home to the U.S. military installation Fort Bragg.

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