City leaders raise minimum age for buying tobacco in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield City Council members approved an ordinance Monday night to raise the minimum smoking age in the city.

The sale of tobacco is now restricted to anyone under the age of 21. It includes alternatives, like vape products.

Statistics show that 96 percent of adults who use tobacco, including e-cigarettes, started at an early age. Dozens of states and communities have adopted the Tobacco 21 program. It aims at stopping tobacco use before it starts. In Greene County, the average age of a person who uses tobacco for the first time is about 12 years-old.

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