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Fewer Newburgh shops licensed to sell tobacco - Record Online

CITY OF NEWBURGH - Fewer stores have been licensed by Newburgh to sell cigarettes and other tobacco products this year under a law the City Council passed in January 2015 at the urging of anti-smoking advocates.

Newburgh approved 27 licenses out of 43 applications in 2015, according to the city.

This year, out of 23 applications, 18 licenses had been approved as of Nov. 14.

TEAM Newburgh, an initiative of Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan, led the push for the law's passage.

In some cases, businesses approved for licenses in 2015 have closed and therefore are not among this year's list of applicants.

In other cases, shop owners decided to stop selling tobacco products rather than remedy the code violations they need to correct to get a license, said Dawn Wilkin, assistant director of prevention services for Catholic Charities.

"Some of the businesses just decided that they didn't want to deal with the costs of bringing it up to code," she said.

The law requires a city-issued license for selling tobacco- and nicotine-containing products ranging from cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco to snuff and bidis, a form of cigarette popular with natives of India.

It also banned new tobacco retailers from opening within 1,000 feet of a school's property line, exempting existing stores.

Licenses are contingent on passing inspections by Newburgh's fire and police departments.

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