Tuscon, Ariz. moved one step closer to increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.
After a slight delay, the Tucson City Council voted 3-2 in favor of increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco in the Arizona city. The proposed legislation will still need to pass a second vote, scheduled for Oct. 22, and then be signed by the mayor. If that happens, the law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
Tuscon’s vote came after Pima County—which is where the city is located—rejected a measure to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco county-wide.
The city of Tucson has over 500,000 residents and is home to the University of Arizona.