The new provisions are aimed at reducing the exposure of children to tobacco products.

via New Tobacco Regulations Take Effect In Philadelphia In New Year — CBS Philly

Starting on January 1, new smoking provisions will go into effect throughout the city of Philadelphia. The new provisions are aimed at reducing the exposure of children to tobacco products.

Effective starting in the New Year, officials are also hiking up enforcement of laws against illegal tobacco sales.

“These new measures put Philadelphia out front as a leader in the effort to protect children from the harmful effects of tobacco products,” said Dr. Thomas Farley, Commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. “This Administration is committed to making sure our kids don’t start smoking.”

The new provisions include tobacco-free school zones prohibiting new tobacco retailer permits within 500 feet of any K-12 school. In addition, the new provisions increases the tobacco retailer permit fee to $300 dollars; this hike will cover the costs associated with enhanced enforcement of the prohibition on sales to children.

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