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Photo of Akron City Council
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Akron’s minimum age to buy tobacco products is going up from 18 to 21. But opponents and even some supporters are expressing reservations.

After a month of debate, the final Akron City Council vote was eight in favor, three opposed and two abstentions. Among the opponents was Marilyn Keith, who questioned why the city should block what would otherwise be a legal sale to an adult.

“I believe that if I am for this legislation, I am saying that adults at 18, 19, and 20 are incompetent and cannot make this decision for themselves, so we must make it for them.”

photo of burning cigarette in hand
PHONRAT / SHUTTERSTOCK

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, April 16:

Akron City Council chambers
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Akron City Council has again delayed a vote on an ordinance that would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21. WKSU’S M.L. Schultze has more on questions about how e-cigarettes will be regulated.