Group keeps pushing to raise smoking age to 21 despite court challenges

Bill Grady
May 17, 2018 - 6:43 am

Despite a court challenge, the group that calls itself Tobacco 21 KC group says they will continue full speed ahead.

The campaign was launched by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and Healthy KC, a coalition of area business groups. Municipalities and counties around the country have adopted ordinances that outlaw the sale of tobacco to people under the age of 21. 

But an ordinance in Topeka lost a legal challenge and may end up in the Kansas Supreme Court. The courtroom drama does not seem to bother Scott Hall, Chamber spokesman.

"We'll see more and more cities in the greater Kansas City Metro pass Tobacco 21 ordinances," Hall said. "Beyong that, there will be discussion about whether this is something the states of Kansas and Missouri ought to consider statewide policies."

The state's Supreme Court justices have not decided whether they will take up the ruling on Topeka's ordinance.

Three area municipalities are considering similar ordinances: Raytown, Blue Springs and Shawnee.

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