|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 1998
Albuquerque Tobacco Legislation
Goes Into Effect
- Bare Shelves
- Mark the
- Progress Against
- Illegal Distribution
- of Tobacco
ALBUQUERQUE -- As of Monday, December 28, 1998, the amended Tobacco
Products Ordinance takes effect. The new legislation, which was unanimously
passed by the Albuquerque City Council in October, requires tobacco retailers
in Albuquerque to move all tobacco products to a place where they are not
accessible to the public without clerk assistance.
This ordinance applies to cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless and pipe
tobacco. Stores that do not allow entry to minors, unless they are accompanied
by an adult, are exempt.
The Multicultural Advocates for Social Change on Tobacco (MASCOT), a
local tobacco control coalition, is currently working on an education campaign
for tobacco retailers. The campaign consists of sending copies of the text
of the new ordinance to stores with district or corporate offices.
In addition, MASCOT developed a brochure that will be mailed to 356 tobacco
retailers in Albuquerque. The brochure contains information about merchant's
obligations to comply with the new law, and penalties for not complying. For
a copy of the brochure and link to official listing of ordinance, click here.
The Albuquerque Fire Marshal's Office is in charge of enforcing the new
law. Fire Marshal Joe Zamora is committed to curbing youth access to tobacco
products, and believes that enforcing the new law is worthwhile. "Our
office will conduct inspections, and would like to see all stores in compliance
as soon as possible," said Zamora.
Retailers with questions about their requirements may call the Fire Marshal's
office at 888-8124. In addition, citizens noticing tobacco products that
are still accessible to the public can report the name of the store to the
Fire Marshal's office.