SIOUX CITY | A proposal by Sioux City students could prevent new retailers from selling tobacco products near schools.

The Mayor's Youth Commission — a city panel comprised of local high school students — will ask the City Council to ban the construction of new cigarette and tobacco outlets within 1,000 feet of existing or planned schools.

The commission was created to look at issues pertaining to local youths and make policy recommendations for the city. Its members are scheduled to make their request at Monday's City Council meeting.

The panel issued a report to the council suggesting the new limit would help prevent Sioux City youths from purchasing tobacco products, particularly as teens come into frequent contact with advertisements from the cigarette industry.

"Limiting access to tobacco products and the advertising that accompanies the products in retail stores will assist in limiting [...] exposure to tobacco marketing," the report reads. "Youth fighting for their right to health is the way to reduce students from beginning to use tobacco products."

In its capacity as an advisory board, the youth commission can only make policy recommendations to the city. If the council decides to take up this issue, the city would still have to draft an ordinance for a final council vote.

The city council is scheduled to meet on Monday at 4 p.m. in City Hall.

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