Several local community groups, health care providers, public health officials, school personnel, parents and other citizens, are deeply concerned about the tobacco use of our youth and have reached out to council to address this public health crisis.
In February, the Missoula City-County Health Board passed a resolution recommending the mayor, city council and county commissioners take further action, including the consideration of an ordinance, to reduce youth access to and use of flavored tobacco. In early October, the Missoula City Council agreed to consider an ordinance prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco products.
The Missoula Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will hold two public hearings of a Resolution to approve the extraterritorial application of the City of Missoula Ordinance 3672, to restrict and prohibit the sale of certain tobacco products.
Community residents are invited to share public comment at the following meetings:
Admin Meeting - Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 10:00 am
BCC Public Hearing Meeting - Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm
To attend the meetings follow the instructions from this page:
To provide public commit to the Missoula Board of County Commissioners please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To provide public commit to the health department Tobacco Prevention Specialist please email email@example.com
For more information about the Resolution visit the links below:
The City Council public hearing on the proposed ordinance:
Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6 PM.
Information about how to attend the October 19, 2020 City Council hearing and comment on the proposed ordinance can be found here: https://www.ci.missoula.mt.us/1226/Meeting-Schedule.
Written comments can be submitted to the Council before the hearing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about how to participate and comment at the hearing can be found here:
- Flavored Tobacco Ordinance - Self service and flavored tobacco products
- Flavored Tobacco Ordinance Retailer Letter
- Health Board Resolution - Youth Access To Flavored Tobacco Products 2020.02.20
- Letter of Support - CMC Board of Trustees Support of Ban of Sale Flavored Tobacco (1)
- Letter from Providence--Ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products
- Letter of Support--Missoula Point of Sale Community
- PSC Presentation 9_2020
The FDA has announced that effective immediately, it is illegal to sell tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 21. DPHHS is awaiting additional guidance from the FDA to determine the next steps for Tobacco 21 in Montana. In the meantime, tobacco retailers should comply with federal law and discontinue sales to those under the age of 21.
Clean Indoor Air Act
The Montana Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA) requires all enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places to be smoke free, including bars and casinos. Help enforce Montana’s Clean Indoor Air Act in Missoula County by encouraging members of the public who witness a violation of the CIAA to report a formal complaint using the online Violation Report Form.
More information on the Clean Indoor Air Act: