A Smoke-Free Knoxville
Publication Date: 1/20/2005
- Author:Paige M. Travis
- Publication:Metro Pulse
If legislators voted against the bill, it would look like they were against keeping tobacco products away from kids; if they voted for, they took away their own local governments rights to pass tobacco laws stricter than the state's. After vigorous debate and dozens of rejected amendments, the bill passed, and 10 years later, it still stands. . . .
"Preemption is a mechanism that is used by the tobacco industry so they don't have to be at every city or county meeting to refuse this," says Casenburg. "Big Tobacco" has passed preemptive legislation in 29 states that keeps local municipalities from adopting stronger clean-air laws or tougher youth-access measures. . . .