Beginning December 1, you will need to be at least 21 years old to purchase tobacco products or e-cigarettes in Lee’s Summit, Mo., as the city council unanimously approved the increase yesterday, with one of the eight members absent from the meeting.

Both retailers and individuals can be held liable, as it will be illegal for a retailer to sell tobacco to a person under 21-years-old, and it will be illegal for a person under 21 to purchase tobacco products. It remains illegal for a person under 18 to knowingly possess or use tobacco products.

Lee’s Summit is located in the Kansas City metro area and the council’s approval of the increase adds the city to the growing list of municipalities in the area that have passed similar increases, which includes Gladstone, Grandview, Independence, and Kansas City, Mo.; and Bonner Springs, Lansing, Leavenworth, Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Westwood Hills, Iola, Mission Hills, Westwood and the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kan.

The city has a population of just under 100,000 people.

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