Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11) confirmed he’s interested in changing to the city’s tobacco ordinance, likely next week. The Daily Line obtained a draft ordinance and summary that would mandate significantly higher fines on retailers that aren’t complying with existing city regulations on tobacco. But the changes would also exclude menthol cigarettes from the list of tobacco products banned from being sold within 500 feet of schools, something retailers would welcome but public health advocates are already gearing up to oppose.
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