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Law Stripping Local Control on Certain Tobacco Issues Goes into Effect
As you may remember, during the 2022 Idaho Legislative Session, we were fighting against tobacco preemption legislation in Senate Bill 1285a. This legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2022, and will prevent local authorities, like City Councils and County Commissioners, from implementing ordinances and laws around tobacco products that go further then state law.
We oppose laws that prevent local elected officials from responding to the needs within their communities and that is why we fought so hard to stop it. Across the state, different communities face different challenges, particularly around youth use of tobacco and nicotine products. Issues with these products are often seen earliest at the local level, and we believe local communities should have the authority to respond to these challenges. While we couldn’t stop the bill from passing, we were able to negotiate amendments to it that preserved the ability of communities to continue to determine things like density and distance of retailers, and regulations around smoke free spaces. This means that local decision makers can prevent a new vape shop from being opened next door to the high school, or to protect hospitality employees from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
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