Olathe raises minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21

Olathe city leaders have voted to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The vote Tuesday evening was 6-1 to John Bacon casting the lone dissenting vote. Thirteen people spoke out in favor of raising the age limit, citing health, economic and lifestyle reasons.

When the new rules take effect Saturday, Olathe will become the first city in Johnson County to raise the purchasing age to 21. The age limit will also apply to vaping materials.

People who violate the new rules would get a $25 fine and could be ordered by a judge to attend a tobacco education course.

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