Lansing City Council members were split Thursday as to whether they want to implement a 21-year-old age limit for buying tobacco.
Council members didn’t vote Thursday since it was a work session, but Mayor Gene Kirby said the discussion indicated a 4-4 split. They will act on it at the second meeting in April, Kirby said. The mayor would have to break a tie.
Dr. Rick Whitlow made a presentation in February about Tobacco 21, a national initiative to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years old.
The mayor read an e-mail all council members had received from Mark Brown, a former council member, and several of the current council members used his arguments. Brown said he hated tobacco and understood the health care costs, but he couldn’t support raising the age for tobacco to 21 when 18-year-olds are legal adults, able to be deployed for combat, get married and vote.
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