St. Louis city lawmakers voted on legislation banning the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under 21 years of age within the city limits.
The Board of Aldermen overwhelmingly passed the legislation, dubbed Tobacco 21, on Friday, which would effectively target store employees who sell to minors with fines of $100, $250 and $500 for first, second and third offenses respectively, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The city of St. Louis joins St. Louis County, Kansas City and about 200 other cities throughout the country in passing the Tobacco 21 legislation, raising the purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch also reports.
A representative for the city mayor’s office said that Mayor Francis Slay will promptly sign the bill, with the legislation taking effect immediately.
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