Leavenworth, Kan. Revisits, Passes Tobacco Purchase Age Increase

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A little over three months ago, the Leavenworth, Kan. City Commission couldn’t come to an agreement as to whether or not it made sense to pursue an increase to the city’s minimum age to purchase tobacco and electronic cigarettes. Yesterday, commissioners not only pursued the increase, they passed it by a 3-2 vote.

The change of course came as other cities in the area passed age increases, specifically one in neighboring Lansing, Kan. It was then that they decided to discuss the issue again in late May, according to the Leavenworth Timeswith consensus now found to move the proposal ahead for a vote.

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The change will go into effect on Sept. 1. The new law won’t change the minimum age to possess tobacco products, however; that will remain at 18-years-old.

Leavenworth is home to approximately 36,000 residents and is located 25 miles northwest of the Kansas City, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. metropolitan area.

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