With the state legislature not supporting a Tobacco 21 bill, the Rexburg City Council unanimously decided to roll back the ordinance it unanimously passed in February, calling it unfeasible to maintain given there is no state or county level support, according to a report by EastIdahoNews.com.
The city had set an effective date for the increase of July 15, so the minimum age to purchase tobacco had not yet gone up, as councilors wanted to give the state ample time to approve a widespread increase. Rexburg’s version did not make possession or use of tobacco and tobacco alternatives illegal for persons between 18 and 21-years old.
The repeal still needs to officially happen by way of a new ordinance and proper legislative procedure.
Rexburg is located in the southeastern corner of the state, approximately 275 miles east of Boise, and home to just over 28,000 residents. It is also where Brigham Young University-Idaho has its campus.