The Phoenix, Ariz. area now has its first city where the age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes is 21-years-old, as the Goodyear City Council unanimously passed a proposal to increase the age at its meeting on Monday.
In addition to the increase, the amended current restrictions on smoking, adding vaping to the list of prohibited products. The city currently prohibits smoking in city buildings or vehicles, parks and trails, and enclosed public places including workplaces, while mirroring state law which prohibits vaping or smoking at schools or at school events.
The city of Goodyear is the first city in Maricopa County to pass such an ordinance, with the increase going into effect immediately. However, the city has allowed for a grace period of 90 days, before issuing fines to retailers or others. Once full enforcement begins, violators will face a $500 fine for a first violation, a $1,000 fine for a second violation within 24 months, and then a $2,500 fine for a third violation within 24 months. Additionally, any enterprise found guilty of selling to persons under 21-years-old shall also be guilty of a misdemeanor, and punishable by a fine not to exceed $20,000
Goodyear is home to approximately 85,000 residents and is located just west of Phoenix.