On Monday, the justices of the Kansas Supreme Court packed up their robes and took their judicial proceedings on the road to Kansas University’s Lieb Center, where they heard oral arguments for a number of cases, including one regarding the legality of cities raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products.
The case centers around whether or not the city of Topeka had the legal ability to raise the purchasing age when it approved its increase in December 2017. The legality of the increase was challenged in court shortly thereafter by DWAGFYS Manufacturing, Inc., which operates a pair of e-cigarette retailers: The Vape Bar and Puffs-N-Stuff. The retailer received legal support in its case from the Kansas Vaping Association. Following the initial hearing, the increase was prevented from going into effect on its scheduled date of Jan. 11, 2018, after Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis issued a temporary injunction.