While an increase to the minimum age to purchase tobacco products isn’t official yet in Muskegon County, Mich., it certainly appears that the forthcoming proposal won’t meet any objection from county commissioners.
On Tuesday night, the nine-member Board of Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to support an increase in the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21-years-old. The resolution, which was the work of a local anti-smoking and anti-tobacco group known as the Knowsmoke Coalition, still must become a proposed ordinance first, but it appears the board has cleared the way for the increase to become law.
Ann Arbor is the only municipality in Michigan to pass an increase to the tobacco purchasing age, increasing it to 21 in August.
Muskegon County is located in the western part of the state along Lake Michigan, with a population of approximately 173,000 residents.