- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - To avoid a costly legal battle, a northern California town is suspending a law that required tobacco purchasers to be at least 21 years old.

The Press Democrat reports (https://bit.ly/1K6opap ) Healdsburg became the first town in the state to pass a regulation raising the minimum age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. But the town is backing down after being threatened with a lawsuit from a tobacco retailers’ association.

The city’s code enforcement officer hand-delivered notices Monday telling tobacco retailers they may sell to anyone age 18 or older.

California jurisdictions that followed Healdsburg’s lead or were considering similar measures also received warnings from the National Association of Tobacco Outlets.

Proponents of raising the minimum age want to prevent teenage smoking, but the tobacco retailers’ group says it infringes on adults’ personal rights.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, https://www.pressdemocrat.com

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