Prairie Village council advances measure to raise tobacco, e-cigarette sale age to 21

E-cigarettes would fall under the new age restrictions as well.
E-cigarettes would fall under the new age restrictions as well.

The Prairie Village City Council on Monday approved draft language for an ordinance that would make it illegal to sell tobacco products or e-cigarettes to anyone under 21 years old.

Should the council approve the revised ordinance when it comes before them for a final vote in the coming weeks, Prairie Village would become the first northeast Johnson County city to heed the Shawnee Mission School District’s plea for its patron cities to join the Tobacco 21 initiative.

Councilors on Monday asked city attorney Katie Logan a number of questions about the changes proposed to the city’s existing tobacco sales ordinance. Under the new ordinance, it would still be legal for persons between the ages of 18 and 20 to possess tobacco and e-cigarettes in the city. It would no longer be legal, however, for the city’s eight licensed cigarette retailers to sell to those under 21.

Retailers who broke the new rules would be subject to a fine of between $25 and $100 dollars, just as they are with the current ordinance restricting sales to those over 18. Persons between the age of 18 and 20 who purchased tobacco products in the city in violation of the new ordinance would not face any punishment.

The new ordinance language explicitly includes “liquid nicotine” products that are used in e-cigarettes.

Olathe is currently the only city in Johnson County that has signed on to the Tobacco 21 iniitiative.