St. Louis County pushes age for buying tobacco to 21

St. Louis County on Tuesday joined 190 other U.S. communities that have chosen to ban the sale of tobacco products and electronic nicotine delivery systems to anyone under the age of 21.

“Tobacco 21” (or “T21”) will become law on Dec. 1 and be in force countywide.

Second District Councilman Sam Page, the bill’s sponsor, called the vote a “big win for the young people of St. Louis County.”

Vape shop owners, employees and longtime smokers pleaded with the council over the past two weeks to exclude vaping products from the T21 legislation.

The councilman, physicians and nonprofit health organizations advocating for T21 instead pointed to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study equating tobacco and vaping, to support their position.

Pro-vaping forces have not discussed mounting a legal challenge to T21.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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