Berkeley ordinance goes after tobacco products

Apr 19, 2015 2:27 PM by News Staff

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - The City of Berkeley is considering what would be among the nation's strictest buffer zones for tobacco products as it tries to keep them away from schoolchildren.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the city is set to vote next month on an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of a school or public park.

The newspaper says the ordinance is modeled after one in Chicago that established a 500-foot buffer zone. Berkeley's proposal, however, would apply to many more products.

Councilwoman Linda Maio says she hopes the buffer zones will end youth smoking and also discourage adult smokers.

But the city's licensed tobacco retailers say the law would cripple their businesses.

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