Each week we share some of the news that comes across our desk about upcoming legislation.. This week we have stories from California, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania.
California – The Recreation and Parks Department in Santa Maria will take up the issue of smoking in parks in an upcoming meeting this July. In 2009 the city tried to ban smoking in parks but it was rejected via KEYT3 – https://www.keyt.com/news/Santa-Maria-Works-to-Revamp-Tobacco-Rules/39520978
Massachusetts – In Brockton, the Board of Health voted to raise the tobacco age from 18 to 21. Also passed were measures to limit the amount of permits, and to back tobacco sales in pharmacies. The measure passed even though the Mayor was against the move via The Enterprise https://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20160508/smokers-support-brockton-raising-tobacco-age-to-21
New York – Albany County saw the local legislature raise the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21 with a 24-13 vote. The measure now heads to the County Executive Dan McCoy to decide on whether to enact it via WNYT13 https://wnyt.com/news/albany-county-legislature-votes-on-law-to-raise-smoking-age-to-21/4132115/
Pennsylvania – In Montgomery County which neighbors Philadelphia, the County Commissioners passed new measures that will ban smoking in parks, trails and historic sites via Reading Eagle https://www.readingeagle.com/news/article/no-cigarettes-in-montgomery-county-parks