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Come Dec. 11, vaping and electronic cigarettes will be treated the same as commercial tobacco products by the city of Flagstaff.

This means their use will be banned in enclosed public places like banks, schools, bars and restaurants, retail stores and reception areas, in the same way commercial tobacco products are prohibited.

City council gave its preliminary approval of the changes during the last council meeting on Dec. 4.

The council also discussed raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21, directing staff to bring the subject back to council again at which time they could consider passing a measure on the subject.

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Should such an ordinance be passed, it would not be against the law for someone under the age of 21 to use tobacco products, but they could not purchase such materials inside city limits.

The discussions come after the nations leading e-cigarette maker Juul announced in November it would stop selling certain flavors of flavor pods that some had said appealed to children.

Updated at 4:26 p.m. on Dec. 10. 

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Adrian Skabelund can be reached at the office at askabelund@azdailysun.com, by phone at (928) 556-2261 or on Twitter @AdrianSkabelund.

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