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STL City Raises Age to Purchase Tobacco, Vapor Products

People under the age of 21 can no longer buy tobacco products in the city of St. Louis.

The Board of Aldermen gave final passage to the measure on Friday, joining St. Louis County which passed a similar measure earlier this year. Sponsor of the measure, Alderwoman Dionne Flowers, spoke with KMOX as the it passed through committee.

“I know that there are some Aldermen who do smoke and I am not knocking anyone that does smoke. It will be interesting…what they say” Flowers says. “And again, the civil liberties thing may be something that will come up. I understand that.”

Flowers alleges the tobacco companies are targeting low-income areas to get kids to light up. She adds that she sees kids on the street trying to smoke, and they barely know what they are doing.

The new measure also covers e-cigarette and vaping products.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids applauded its passage, saying 35 percent of Missouri’s population is now covered by similar tobacco laws. Kansas City also has an ordinance on the books.

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