Finney County, Kan. Increasing Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21


Earlier this week, the Finney County Commission narrowly approved a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old, a change that will go into effect shortly into the new year.

The five member council voted 3-2 in favor of it, according to a report from, making the Finney the fifth county and the 23rd municipality to enact such an increase, a list that is headlined Kansas City. However, when Topeka tried to pass a similar increase, it was challenged by a retail operation and the case is slated to go before the state’s Supreme Court.


The increase is currently scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 5, 2019.

Finney County is home to approximately 37,000 residents and is located in the western part of the state. Its capitol city, Garden City, is located 375 miles west of Kansas City.

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