The Kansas City area is perhaps the newest hotbed for the debate over raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21. Since November, six cities—including both Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City Mo.—have raised the minimum tobacco purchasing age.

At least for now, Gardner won’t be the seventh.

On Monday, the Gardner City Council voted 5-0 against raising the minimum tobacco purchasing age. Council members cited personal choice reasons for voting against it.

Gardner is located 25 miles southwest of Kansas City. It has a population around 20,000.

In addition to the Kansas City proper, the surrounding areas of GladstoneIndependenceOlathe and Prairie Village. The charge is being led by Tobacco 21|KC, an initiative supported by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and local health groups.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.