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Ann Arbor’s move to raise tobacco purchase age may conflict with state law

July 27, 2016

M Live

July 19, 2016

by  Ryan Stanton

ANN ARBOR, MI – A proposal to increase the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products in Ann Arbor from 18 to 21 awaits final approval from the City Council.

The council voted 10-1 Monday night, July 18, to advance the proposed ordinance to a public hearing and possible final approval on Aug. 4.

But does it conflict with state law?

Council Member Jack Eaton, an attorney, argued so as he cast the lone dissenting vote against the proposed ordinance.

Eaton, D-4th Ward, cited Michigan’s Tobacco Products Tax Act of 1993, which states that local governments “shall not impose any new requirement or prohibition pertaining to the sale or licensure of tobacco products for distribution purposes.”

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