tobacco 21 ordinance

City Studying Tobacco Licenses to Improve Tobacco 21 Enforcement

May 29, 2017
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City staff are studying how to implement a tobacco retail license to pay for better enforcement of the city's Tobacco 21 ordinance.

In a letter to the City Council on April 25, the Columbia-Boone County Board of Health recommended all tobacco retailers in the city be required to buy tobacco licenses. The council accepted the report at its May 15 meeting, as well as an offer from Stephanie Browning, director of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, to work with City Counselor Nancy Thompson to explore the best ways to implement an ordinance.

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Kansas City Council members are expected to approve an ordinance prohibiting stores from selling tobacco products or e-cigarettes to anyone under 21.

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 When the city council passed the Tobacco 21 ordinance by a 6-1 vote on December 15th, one of the big topics of discussion was whether it would actually have an impact on keeping cigarettes out of the hands of people under 21.