ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Starting today you’ll need to be at least 21-years-old to buy tobacco products in St. Louis County.

County Council approved the age requirement increase on September 6, citing nearly 2,000 deaths they say were caused by smoking, and said 800 kids began smoking in the county last year.

But what really rankled opponents of the measure forwarded by 2nd District Councilman Sam Page is the fact it includes the purchase of e-cigarettes. Page says he and his supports talked to local health experts who said vaping was getting kids addicted to nicotine at a ‘very young age.’

While Page sees the “Tobacco 21” law as a life-saver, lots of people argued before the Council for months that e-cigs and vaping products actually help people kick the smoking habit.

St. Louis city officials have indicated that they’ll pursue a similar law to raise the legal age for purchasing such products to 21.

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