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Petition attempting to override new tobacco ordinances

(AP) – Opponents of three new ordinances limiting the sales and use of tobacco and e-cigarettes have launched a petition drive to erase the new laws.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports the measures approved by the City Council on Monday increased the minimum sale age of tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21 and added e-cigarettes to the city’s indoor smoking ban.

Petitioners have until January 5th to collect the signatures of 3,209 registered to force the council to reconsider or put the matter before voters. Petition organizer Spenser Pearson says meeting the minimum threshold would be a challenge, given the time of year.

Columbia is the only Missouri city that prohibits sales of tobacco products to customers younger than 21.

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