A proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Mountain Home, Ark. was defeated during a committee hearing on Tuesday evening, meaning the city will not be joining the Tobacco 21 movement.
The city council’s Public Safety Committee heard presentations by a group of 8th ad 9th graders called Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) that sought to convince them to advance the proposal to the full council. While the committee commended the group for their efforts, three of the four members of the committee voted against the idea, with the remaining member absent from the meeting, according to a report by BaxterBulletin.com. The council members felt that another law that restricts the ability of adults to purchase legal products was not the best solution to the problem of people under 18 smoking.
Mountain Home is located in the northern part of the state near the Missouri border, and is home to approximately 12,500 residents.