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Michigan Appeals Court Rules Communities Can’t Raise Tobacco Sales Age To 21

In a 3-0 opinion, the court affirmed a decision by a Flint-area judge

The Michigan appeals court has struck down a Genesee County ban on tobacco sales and related products to people under 21.

The county can’t adopt a regulation that is stricter than state law, which allows tobacco sales to anyone who is at least 18, the appeals court said Tuesday.

In a 3-0 opinion, the court affirmed a decision by a Flint-area judge. The ordinance was approved by county commissioners in 2017 but hasn’t been enforced because of a lawsuit.

Supporters of the ordinance said it was intended to discourage young people from smoking. The ordinance didn’t ban young adults from using tobacco products in Genesee County.

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