Prairie Village takes first step toward raising tobacco purchase age to 21

The Prairie Village City Council on Tuesday directed staff to begin drafting language for an ordinance that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco in the city to 21, a move encouraged by the Healthy KC partnership and the Shawnee Mission School District.

Should the council approve the ordinance in the coming months, it would make Prairie Village the first northeast Johnson County municipality to raise its tobacco purchase age.

As a result of Healthy KC’s advocacy, Kansas City, Mo., Kansas City, Kan., Olathe, Independence and Gladstone have all adopted measure to raise the tobacco purchase age to 21 over the past year. In November, the Shawnee Mission Board of Education lent its support to the effort, adopting a position statement encouraging the 14 cities it serves to take action.

Until Tuesday, however, none of the Shawnee Mission area cities had bitten. Mission declined to take up the issue in December. Shawnee passed on initial efforts. Merriam and Roeland Park may discuss it in the future.

(Read more: Prairie Village Post)

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