Anchorage’s city council voted for a new ordinance that raises the age requirements for buying cigarettes and all electronic smoking devices. The new age requirement is 21 years old, the same as alcohol.
This ordinance is quite similar to the new laws passed by Sitka and hundreds of other towns and communities across the country. Proponents of the measuring point to the horrible consequences of smoking, and cite research that shows that up to 95% of smokers tend to begin their habit before the age of 21.
Emily Nenon, member of the American Cancer Society, states that smoking is still the main cause of avoidable death in Alaska.
She further claims that a third of all cancer fatalities are due to smoking.
The ordinance imposes heavy fines on vendors who sell nicotine or tobacco products to persons under the age of 21.