Prairie Village becomes sixth metro city to raise age to buy tobacco to 21

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PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — The Prairie Village City Council voted to raise the age to purchase tobacco products on Monday night. The ordinance, which is called “Tobacco 21,” already passed in Kansas City, Mo, Kansas City, Kan., Olathe, Independence and Gladstone.

“I think that the cigarette tax should be 10 dollars a pack,” said Dale Darnell, who is happy the ordinance passed. “Nothing good ever comes out of it, I don’t smoke I have never smoke, my wife used to until we got married and then she quit.”

Those in support of the ordinance said it will prevent young people from smoking later in life. Others argue that it will hurt business for local smoke shops. It increases the minimum age to purchase tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapor products and paraphernalia to 21 years old.

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