Topeka limits sale of tobacco products to those 21 and older

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Topeka officials have voted to ban the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21.

The ban approved Tuesday by the city's governing board includes prohibitions against selling cigarettes and other tobacco-related products, including electronic cigarettes, to anyone under 21.

Previously, the minimum age to buy tobacco products in Topeka was 18.

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The Topeka Capital-Journal reports those who voted for the measure cited health concerns and said a majority of people supported the decision.

The two council members who voted against the proposal said they don't approve of smoking but wanted to protect personal liberties.

The Shawnee County commissioners in August approved a nearly identical measure covering the county's unincorporated areas.


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Topeka officials are considering increasing the minimum age at which people can legally buy tobacco products.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Topeka City Council will take up the issue at a meeting Tuesday night.

Councilwoman Elaine Schwartz has proposed banning the sale or furnishing of cigarettes and other tobacco-related products, including electronic cigarettes, to anyone younger than 21. The current minimum age to buy tobacco products in Topeka is 18.

Eleven people, including many health professionals, spoke in favor of the proposal when the governing body accepted public comments last month.

The tobacco sales minimum age already is 21 in more than 270 municipalities in 18 states. Most of the Kansas City metro area has switched in recent years, as well as communities in other parts of the state.
 

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