The City of Parkville became the second in Platte County to adopt an ordinance to prohibit the sale of tobacco-related products to minors under the age of 21 years. The ordinance was adopted on October 2nd and will become effective November 1st.
The City previously adopted an ordinance prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors under the age of 18 years. As part of a regional initiative called Tobacco21|KC, dozens across the Kansas City region, led by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, have partnered with city and county governments to adopt regulations to increase the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vapor products and related paraphernalia to 21 years. The initiative was launched in 2015 and to-date cities in the metro area, with a total population of nearly 1.5 million, have adopted the regulations.
The ordinance did not change the age for possession of tobacco products from the current state-imposed age of under 18 years old.
A principal objective of Tobacco 21|KC is that prohibiting the sale of tobacco-related products to minors under 21 will decrease exposure to the addictive properties of tobacco products. The group cites national data showing that 95% of adult smokers begin smoking before they turn 21. The ages between 18 and 21 are a critical period when many smokers move from experimental smoking to regular, daily use. By reducing exposure to tobacco products, there will be a drop in the number of long-time tobacco users which will result in improvements to health and lifespans of a greater number of people.
Mayor Johnston said, “Adoption of this ordinance will help ensure that healthy lifestyle habits are established in our youth; it has been proven that these lifestyles are carried into adulthood. I am pleased the initiative passed with unanimous support from the Board of Aldermen.”
The City will notify Parkville retailers that the sale or distribution of tobacco, alternative nicotine products and vapor products to minors under 21 years of age is prohibited starting November 1, 2017.
For more information about the Tobacco 21|KC initiative visit http://www.wearehealthykc.com/We-Are-Healthy-KC/Tobacco-Cessation.aspx.