Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., ban sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone below 21

Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., ban sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to anyone below 21

Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., sitting across the Missouri and Kansas rivers from one another, have simultaneously given a strong statement on behalf of the health of their children. On November 19, both cities made the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to anybody below 21 illegal.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a survey recently, in which it found that America’s Midwest has the highest smoking rate countrywide.

The step taken by Kansas City’s city council in Missouri and the government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City in Kansas has made the KC metropolitan region the second biggest in the country to ban the tobacco sale to persons under 21. The first one was New York City.

They have also joined the state of Hawaii and cities and counties in 8 states that have taken the same initiative. It shows that momentum is building, no matter how slowly.

There are just 3 Ohio communities, including Bexley, Grandview, and Upper Arlington, which have increased the legal age for buying tobacco products. No community has done so in Michigan, yet.

A Washington-based organization known as, ‘The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ reflects its agenda and priority in its name. The organization wants more jurisdictions to join the program. As per the CDC study, lot of work is to be done in Ohio and the Midwest.

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