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Hearing set on vape and tobacco regulations

Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Clatsop County Commission will hold its first of two public hearings Wednesday on a proposal to regulate the sale of tobacco and vaping products.

The goal is to enhance public health and prevent teenagers from accessing the products.

Any company selling tobacco and vaping products must obtain an annual license from the county, according to the ordinance.

No tobacco retailer may be within 1,000 feet of a school (any establishments already in operation would be grandfathered in).

Tobacco sales to those younger than 21 would be grounds for license revocation.

All targeted products must be kept out of reach, accessibly by a customer only with the assistance of the retailer.

No free or nominally priced tobacco samples would be allowed.

The county’s Public Health Department would monitor and enforce compliance with the ordinance. The agency would attempt to inspect each retailer at least once per year.

Penalties range from $500 for a first violation to $7,500 and license revocation for the fourth violation in a 24-month period.

Warrenton, along with other cities in the county, were allowed provide input on the proposed new law. The county would enforce the rules within the cities without charge.

The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria.

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