TUCSON –After the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 2 not to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, Pima County Superintendent of Schools Dustin Williams was disappointed.

“This ruling wouldn’t have been the end-all, save-all but it would have been a step in the right direction,” Williams said. “And it would have been a tool in the tool chest we could have used.”

Supervisor Steve Christy voted in the majority. He sent this statement to News 4 Tucson:

“I voted against the Tobacco 21 ordinance for several reasons. The most significant of which is that I feel the punitive penalties being placed on merchants and business owners are grossly unfair and would negatively impact the store’s

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