The Kansas City area has added another city to the Tobacco 21 movement, as the Kearney Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.
The ordinance also prohibits the possession of tobacco products by persons under 21-years-old, and extends to e-cigarettes, alternative nicotine products and vaping products.
As written, the ordinance went into effect immediately upon passage by the board and approval of the mayor. According to a report by MyCourierTribune.com, it was the mayor who broke a tie amongst the board.
Kearney is home to just over 10,000 residents and is located 25 miles northeast of Kansas City.