Tobacco 21 Law
The City of Lee's Summit's Health Education Advisory Board (HEAB) recommended the city support the Tobacco 21 initiative that limits the sale and purchase of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products and vapor products to those under twenty-one years of age. On August 18, 2016, the City Council approved Ordinance No. 7948 to increase the minimum age to 21. This ordinance shall be effective December 1, 2016.
This law prohibits retailers from selling these products to people under 21. Approximately 80% of smokers start smoking before age 21. Among young people who try tobacco, the transition from experimental to regular smoking occurs around age 20. By increasing the minimum legal sales age, more residents will reach adulthood without experimenting with or becoming addicted to nicotine.
Merchants shall ensure that all sales of cigarettes, tobacco, cigars, and smokeless tobacco products comply with the new minimum age requirements.
Merchants are also required to post at every display, in a place highly visible to customers, two signs informing customers of the minimum sales age for these items. One set of the signs will be sent in the coming weeks and are also available for download on this webpage.
If additional signs are required to cover multiple displays, they may be obtained at City Hall at the Development Center counter beginning September 5, 2016.
To report a violation
- Call Codes Administration at 816-969-1600.
About the Health Education Advisory Board
The board is comprised of 12-volunteer members serving three-year terms, appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of a majority of the City Council.
The role of the board is to assess health issues in the community, educate the public and appropriate government agencies about identified needs, develop plans to address health issues, and evaluate the effectiveness of said efforts.
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