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2018 State of the City

View Mayor Baird's 2018 State of the City Address.

Date/Time Change for City Council Meetings

Beginning on October 2, City Council meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings instead of Thursdays. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.  

Healthcare advocates and members of the Health Education Advisory Board (HEAB) were pleased as the City of Lee’s Summit became the latest community to approve Tobacco 21 – raising the legal age to purchase and sell tobacco products to 21 within the City.

The amended ordinance which becomes effective on Dec. 1, 2016 will limit the sale and purchase of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products and vapor products to those 21 years of age and older in Lee’s Summit. The amended ordinance does not change the current law, which states it is unlawful for any person under the age of 18 to knowingly possess or use any tobacco products.

“To put it simply, passage of the Tobacco 21 ordinance will result in a healthier Lee’s Summit community. The National Institute of Medicine predicts that Tobacco 21 ordinances will result in a 25% drop in the number of young people who start smoking and a 12% drop in overall smoking. This will have a tremendous public health benefit and will save lives here in Lee’s Summit,” said Dr. Ed Kraemer.

At the July 7 Lee’s Summit City Council meeting, the HEAB made a presentation about Tobacco 21 and asked the City Council to direct staff to work with them on the creation of a new amended ordinance. The amended ordinance was approved by the City Council during their Aug.18 meeting – making Lee’s Summit the 18th community in the metro to do so.

Both Dr. Stephen Salanski and Dr. Kraemer, both physicians, have been involved with raising awareness about the adverse effects of smoking at an early age through their involvement with Tobacco 21 and the City’s Health Education Advisory Board. Founded in 2000, HEAB assesses health issues in the community, educates the public and appropriate government agencies about identified needs, develops plans to address health issues, and evaluates the effectiveness of these efforts.

Both Dr. Salanski and Dr. Kraemer “heard the initial KC Chamber of Commerce/Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City/BCBS of KC Tobacco-21 presentation in late summer 2015 – Dr. Kraemer at the Kansas City Academy of Family Practice Board of Directors Meeting and Dr. Salanski at the Kansas City Medical Society Board of Directors Meeting. Both agreed that this was an issue that the LS HEAB should become involved in and so the LS HEAB officially heard that same presentation at the October 2015 meeting. At that same time, the LS HEAB was working on a “Healthy Lee’s Summit” plan based on results from the Jackson County Health Department’s Health Needs Assessment survey done in late 2014,” said Dr. Salanski.

The survey indicated members of the Lee’s Summit community felt tobacco use was an important issue affecting the health and welfare of the community.

As a result of those findings, “the LS HEAB decided to make Tobacco-21 the first priority of that “Healthy Lee’s Summit” plan – and the work of putting together community stakeholders began. The co-chairs then met with Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads in November 2015 to discuss “Healthy Lee’s Summit” and the Tobacco-21 Initiative,” said Dr. Salanski.

Tobacco 21 is a national movement across the country and within the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. The following cities passed the ordinance: Gladstone, Grandview, Independence, and Kansas City, Missouri; and Bonner Springs, Lansing, Leavenworth, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Westwood Hills, Iola, Mission Hills, Westwood and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.

Residents and business owners can learn more about this law on the City’s website at www.cityofls.net/tobacco21 Additional information can be found on the HEAB’s Facebook page and at www.tobacco21.org.

If you have questions or need more information, contact the City’s Administration Department at 816.969.1010.