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Raising the age limit to 21 for nicotine use in Cheyenne

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Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 11:45 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A hot topic surrounds changing the age limit to 21 as the legal age of purchase and consumption of nicotine, if this voted Yes some believe this will align with Wyoming’s Federal and state laws.

During the City Council meeting Monday night a member of the public spoke about the pros and cons in regards to the amendment. “The most effective licensing systems involved a sustainable funding source like the annual fee, as well as the option to suspend or revoke the license. These elements in place, businesses are more likely to ask for identification and we see sales to minors decrease," CRMC Community Prevention, Brittany Wardle said.

Make no mistake about it small Businesses are what drive the economy in town and now they all face a monthly revenue increase that is given back to the City’s enterprise fund. In some cases the increase is intended for some businesses more than others.

“I would argue against this amendment. I can’t say that the prevalence of nicotine sales are beneficial to our society and as a result we should worry about charging an extra $5 a month,” D.D.S and newly elected City Council President, Mark Rinne said.

A portion of the city council views the motion one way and another portion of the board sees the decision going a different direction. The decision on increasing the licensing fee and the penalty fine is a split one.

“With the narrative around it being simply its an increase in the permittee and we’re just changing it from 18 to to 21, that is not the whole story and I encourage my colleagues to be conscious of the fact that are economy and our small business need our help right now and they don’t need more regulations, they don’t need more red tape and they don’t need heavier fines,” Chief of Staff at the Wyoming Department of Education, Dicky Shanor said.

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