Some Want to Snuff Out City Councilman’s Smoking Age Increase

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Some say the St. Louis City Councilmen’s proposal to raise the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21 is a bad idea.

Bill Hannegan is the director of Keep St. Louis Free, a group dedicated to protecting personal freedoms of local citizens. He thinks the County Council is moving too quickly when it comes to the minimum age change.

Hannegan says if an 18-year-old can vote and serve in the armed forces, they’re old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes. He adds increasing the age restriction in one county doesn’t make sense because an underage smoker could just drive to St. Louis City or Jefferson or St. Charles Counties and buy their smokes there.

Hannegan also accuses County Councilman Sam Page of trying to rush the measure through. A hearing was held last week.

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