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The Genesee County Legislature Wednesday voted 7-1 to prohibit self-service sales of tobacco products.

The controversial measure, first broached three months ago, is aimed at cigarette sales to minors and bars self-service displays and open store shelves. It also prohibits tobacco vending machines anywhere in the county.

About 20 supporters, many wearing T-shirts proclaiming "Smoke Free -- It's a Matter of Life or Breath," were on hand for the second public hearing on the measure.

An amendment offered by Legislator Michael T. Welsh, D-Le Roy, would have banned vending machines that sell tobacco products. A second -- exempting cigars and pipe tobacco -- was offered by Legislator Daniel T. Burling, R-Alexander.

Burling's amendment was attacked Wednesday by five speakers. But a motion to restore the ban on cigars and pipe tobacco lost on a 4-4 vote.

Legislator Wilfred S. Brooks, R-Oakfield, voted against the new law, saying the Legislature "shouldn't pass laws that infringe on family rights."

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