A year after the proposal was first introduced, members of the Tucson City Council and Pima County Supervisors still aren't ready to decide whether to change the legal age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The city council and county supervisors both decided Tuesday to delay a vote on the proposal, which originated in August 2018 from council members Paul Durham and Paul Cunningham.
As the city council initiated a review of the legal smoking age, the Pima County Board of Health began a separate review of smoking policies, including electronic cigarettes.
According to a poll taken by the American Heart Association in the spring, 64 percent of Pima County residents would approve changing the minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21. In Tucson, the number in favor of a change was even higher – 68 percent.
Even with high levels of public support, council members chose to delay a decision until September, in part because of concerns from retailers about fines and license suspensions they'd face for multiple violations.