- Associated Press - Saturday, March 11, 2017

SITKA, Alaska (AP) - The smoking age in Sitka is unlikely to change, as officials say convincing Sitka Assembly members has been a struggle.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/2mMDGwP ) that city Health Needs and Human Services Commission Assembly Liaison Tristan Guevin told the commission Wednesday that Assembly members have been reluctant to back the commission’s goals.

A motion supporting the commission’s health priorities - to raise the tobacco sale age to 21 and to add a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages - was passed with a 4-3 vote at a February Assembly meeting.

Guevin says even getting those goals approved was a struggle, meaning it’s unlikely either initiative will gain traction with the assembly despite support by the public and the commission.

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Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, https://www.sitkasentinel.com/

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