New Hope Tobacco Ordinance Amendment Postponed

New Hope Tobacco Ordinance Amendment Postponed
Posted on 08/04/2020
At the July 27 meeting, New Hope City Council voted to postpone action on the pending tobacco ordinance amendment until the Aug. 24 City Council Meeting. Several people spoke in favor and in opposition of the proposed ordinance amendment, including representatives from community organizations and business owners.

Council previously reviewed the ordinance amendment and passed it by a 4-1 vote on May 26, 2020. At the advice of the city attorney, the ordinance amendment is being reconsidered by Council to allow for a one-month notice of the meeting to all tobacco licensees of the city. Notices were mailed June 16, 2020 regarding the July 27 Council Meeting. Some of the changes include raising the age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, raising the age of those allowed to sell tobacco products to 18, banning the sale of all flavored tobacco products except for mint, menthol and wintergreen, prohibiting the sale of tobacco at any facility that contains an on-site pharmacy, capping the number of tobacco licensees in the city to the total number of licenses held at the beginning of 2021, and change the age of those allowed to conduct compliance checks from 15-17 to 17-20 to align with new state policies.

New Hope City Council will consider the public comments and discuss the proposed ordinance further at its work session to be held Aug. 17, 2020. Due to threatened litigation, a closed meeting is planned. Following the work session, the proposed ordinance will be presented at the Aug. 24 City Council Meeting for a vote.