Topeka, Kan. Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21 After Supreme Court Victory

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On Friday, the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigarettes went to 21-years-old, a change that had been on hold until the Kansas Supreme Court ruled on whether the city had the authority to make the change at all.

On June 28, the court ruled that the city did in fact have the authority to increase the minimum purchasing age, and with that ruling now officially in place, the city went forward and informed retailers that the new age requirement is officially in place. The ordinance was initially passed in Dec. 2017, but was quickly met with legal challenges centering around whether or not the increase conflicted with the state’s rules about adulthood and restricted access to certain products. The Topeka City Council voted to appeal the ruling of Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis, sending the matter to the Kansas Supreme Court.

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Topeka is the capital of Kansas and home to approximately 127,000 people.

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