The city of Paola, Kansas has joined the Tobacco 21 movement, as the city council approved a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, e-cigarettes and similar items to 21-years-old at its most recent meeting.
The increase came as part of the city’s annual adoption of the Uniform Public Offense Code, according to a report by Republic-Online.com. The city has not yet posted the new ordinance to its website, but the report states that the increase does not change the age to possess or use tobacco products, leaving that at 18-years-old.
Paola is scheduled to officially make the change on Sept. 18, once the code has been published in the local newspaper.
Paola is home to approximately 5,600 residents and is located approximately 45 miles southwest of Kansas City.