Jefferson City considers raising age to buy tobacco

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, June 01 2016 Jun 1, 2016 Wednesday, June 01, 2016 7:19:00 PM CDT June 01, 2016 in Continuous News
By: Abby Breidenbach, KOMU 8 Reporter
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JEFFERSON CITY – The Council for Drug Free Youth (CDFY) in Jefferson City wants to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products. Currently, anybody 18 or older can buy tobacco products.

Wednesday morning CDFY presented a proposal that would make it so nobody under 21 could buy tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vapor products or any other drug paraphernalia. The Council Committee on Administration heard the proposal, and it will be heard next by the Council Committee for Public Safety. 

This is a part of the national Tobacco 21 movement. Columbia was the first Missouri city to pass an ordinance in 2014, followed by Kansas City, Independence, Gladstone and Grandview.

CDFY said the problem is that 95 percent of long-term smokers start before age 21 and adolescent brains are still developing and more prone to nicotine addiction.

The council included e-cigarettes in the proposal because surveyed youth noted increased popularity. CDFY reported 14 percent of Cole County youth used e-cigarettes in the past month compared to 10.2 percent nationwide. CDFY also reported Cole County youth, on average, try cigarettes for the first time at 13.7 years of age.

Laura Morris, project coordinator for CDFY, said, “Access equals use, and if we can decrease access, then we know that we can decrease use.”

Two youth accompanied CDFY in the presentation, and CDFY has collaborated with local high schoolers who are behind this effort.

KOMU 8 News reached out to numerous smoke shops in Jefferson City, but none contacted would comment for this story. 

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