by Winston Chua
San Gabriel – Encouraged by anti-smoking advocates andresidents, the San Gabriel City Council Tuesday night adopted a resolution toapprove license fees for Tobacco Retailer licenses. In addition, the City isinches away from officially prohibiting smoking in City parks and recreationareas.
Robert L. Kress, the City’s attorney, made the suspensionand revocation penalties, and the Council agreed that local laws needed to beenhanced to protect the public’s health, “especially that of the morevulnerable youth,” according to language of the new ordinance.
The new laws will take effect at the next Council meeting intwo weeks. The evolution of the strict stance the City has taken now deniestobacco retailers’ licenses if vendors sell tobacco products without requiredtobacco retailers’ licenses or fail to display licenses in prominently visiblelocations.
Tobacco products include any manufactured substance madefrom tobacco plants, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewingtobacco and smokeless tobacco or product s prepared from tobacco and designedfor smoking or ingestion.
The seller of tobacco products shall requiregovernment-issued photographic identification if a purchaser reasonably appearsto be under 27 years of age. These products may not be sold to anyone under 18years of age.
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