Raising St. Louis County tobacco age limit to be proposed

7 months 1 day 12 hours ago August 23, 2016 Aug 23, 2016 Tuesday, August 23 2016 Tuesday, August 23, 2016 2:25:19 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) — An increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21 in St. Louis County is set to be proposed.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that councilman Sam Page, an anesthesiologist, announced on Monday plans to introduce the proposal. Page says it is too easy to buy tobacco products in the county.

The age restriction would include the sale of vape products as well as cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco.

The restrictive measure, and others like it, is commonly known as a Tobacco 21 or T21 ordinance.

Ginny Chadwick, who spearheaded the T21 initiative in Columbia, says the ordinance will not stop teens from smoking, but that it's more effective than any other tobacco prevention program.

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