In August, the Eagle Board of Trustees rejected a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products by a 3-4 vote, with one trustee going so far as to call the idea “a diversion that was just shifting the problem to a different age instead of dealing with the usage of tobacco and nicotine products.”
Yesterday, the board changed its mind and approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, passing by a 5-0 vote with two members absent. The increase goes into effect 30 days after notice of its approval is published.
Eagle joins Eagle County in having raised the age to purchase tobacco products to 21, as the county passed its own increase for the unincorporated areas in August.
Eagle is home to just under 7,000 residents. The town is located 125 miles west of Denver.