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Casper City council pauses tobacco conversation

Casper City Hall March 5
Casper City Hall March 5(Bobbee Russell)
Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Casper City Council will finish a conversation about what to do if teens under 21, the legal age to buy tobacco, are caught with it.

Ray Pacheco, the Casper Vice Mayor, said they are working on what to do if they are caught multiple times. He adds the policy now is that if they are caught they have to pay a $25 dollar fine. The council wants to educate the teens that get caught.

“If teens 17 and younger are ticketed they have to pay the fine and take some type of class,” Pacheco said. Hannah Johnson, the Wyoming Department of Health tobacco prevention manager, said research shows that teens don’t usually hang out with 21- year- olds and wouldn’t have access to the addictive substance. “The research shows that those who are abstaining from tobacco up until 25; the chances of them starting go down,” Johnson said.

Pacheco said they are waiting to continue this conversation and make a decision to give everyone involved more research time. “Thinking things through is really important to get it right,” Pacheco said.

The conversation will continue on March 16.

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