The minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products in the unincorporated areas of Shawnee County, Kan. will soon be increasing to 21-years-old, as on Thursday morning the county’s Board of Commissioners approved the second reading of a resolution by a 2-1 vote.
The resolution does not make it illegal for a person between 18 and 21-years-old to possess such products, however.
The increase is expected go into effect in mid-September, as the resolution stipulates it will be effective 30 days after publication of the results of the vote in the official county newspaper. Once it does, retailers or individuals who provide tobacco or other nicotine products such as e-cigarettes and vaping products will face a fine of $200.
Shawnee is located in northeastern Kansas and is the third most populous county in the state with a 2015 population estimate of 178,725 residents.