Ada City Council passes new tobacco ordinance

By: News 12 Staff
By: News 12 Staff

ADA, OK -- It's law in most states no one under 18 can buy tobacco products and many cities have ordinances in place to help strengthen that law but Ada did not until Monday evening.

Monday night, the Ada City Council voted to create an ordinance to stop the sale of tobacco products to anyone under 18-years-old.

Mayor Greg McCortney says even though there is a state law prohibiting the sale. It's up to cities and counties to enforce that law.

Mayor McCortney said, "Whether it's smoking or smokeless tobacco it is definitely harmful to your health and so I think regulating that and not allowing the sale to someone under 18 makes sense and so that is something I would support."

Angela Harjo with the Pontotoc County Health Department says tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease in the United States.

She says this ordinance not only benefits tobacco users but the city as well.

Harjo said, "We encourage cities to pass local ordinances. Basically, when cities do that then any kind of write-ups and any kind of tickets that money goes straight to the city instead of to state."

The council unanimously approved the ordinance and McCortney says it will help improve the health of all residents smokers and nonsmokers alike.

Mayor McCortney said, "I think more than anything it's a positive step to making sure that our residents who don't want to smoke or want to breathe in someone else's smoke have that opportunity."

The ordinance goes into effect immediately.

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