Tobacco 21 repeal effort falls short



June 28, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Iola’s Tobacco 21 ordinance, prohibiting the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to adults under 21, will remain on the books.

Like the impassioned, hour-long debate before it, a vote to repeal the ordinance split the eight-member Iola City Council Monday.

With four council members — Aaron Franklin, Bob Shaughnessy, Austin Sigg and Jon Wells — in favor of repealing the ordinance, and four others — Donald Becker, Nancy Ford, Beverly Franklin and Sandy Zornes opposed — the matter went to Mayor Joel Wicoff, who after a moment’s hesitation said he was opposed to the repeal.

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