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KS Moving to Raise Tobacco Age


Kansas is moving to increase its legal age for buying cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products to 21 from 18.


The state Senate approved a bill to raise the age yesterday on a 28-11 vote, sending it to Governor Laura Kelly. The House had approved it earlier this month on a 68-53 vote. Kelly has not said whether she will sign the bill, but officials with the state Department of Revenue and the Department for Aging and Disability Services supported it. State Representative Doug Blex says some companies have already raised the age as a corporate policy to be in line with the federal government.

Public health officials believe raising the age will reduce the use of tobacco products. Forty-one other states and the federal government already have raised their legal age to 21.

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