St. Louis Co. Raises Age for Buying Cigarettes, Vapor Products

Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – Starting Dec. 1, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old to purchase tobacco products in St. Louis County.

That goes for e-cigarettes and “vaping” products as well – much to the chagrin of dozens of people who crammed into the County Council chambers Tuesday night for a final vote on the measure.

“I’m 20 years old and I have quit smoking with the use of vapor products,” said one vaping proponent. “I ask you to exclude vapor products from the T-21 ordinance.”

“This council needs to understand that vaping does save peoples’ lives,” maintained Julie Roark.

Health experts and others who also spoke during the meeting disagreed that e-cigarettes and vaping products are not as harmful to a user’s health.

“Last year in St. Louis County, nearly 2,000 people lost their lives to smoking,” said a health expert. “Nearly 800 kids began smoking last year in the county. You can’t help those 2,000, but the most addictive drug on the face of the earth (nicotine) is something you can control.”

St. Louis County Council member Mark Harder cast the lone dissenting vote, with Hazel Erby absent for the roll call.

The new law goes into effect December 1st.

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One Comment

  1. Charlie says:

    It turns out kids who never smoked are interested in cloud tricks, not nicotine. Discouraging them from tryig vaping encourages them to try smoking. But kids who are determined to try vaping and don’t need nicotine don’t need e liquid. The best ingredient for clouds is vegetable glycerin, available in every grocery store. They aren’t electronic cigarettes, they are cloud toys.

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