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Oregon City to Address Youth Smoking

The Springfield City Council may take legal action to restrict tobacco access to minors when it considers an ordinance this week that would require stringent sales restrictions, according to the Oregon Register-Guard

The youth ordinance would restrict use of tobacco products, in part by prohibiting self-service tobacco displays, regulating the placement of product advertising and requiring the licensing of tobacco retailers.

At a later meeting, staff will present a resolution establishing a $55 fee for that license, and a $35 annual renewal charge. The Lane County Public Health Department has promised to assist in enforcement of the licensing program, the report said.

Cigarettes have been a hot topic this year in Oregon with Eugene's ban on workplace smoking and the state's response to enact a statewide workplace ban. In Springfield, the possibility of a citywide ban quietly dissipated earlier this year, perhaps because of signs of council dissent.
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