Legal Age To Buy Tobacco May Increase

In Missouri, 18-year-olds can buy tobacco. But maybe not for long. The Missouri House of Representatives could soon debate a bill sponsored by St. Louis Republican Brad Christ, which would increase the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21.

The bill also includes provisions to overturn a St. Louis County ordinance that bans new tobacco licenses within one-thousand feet of a school. Opponents of this piece of the bill say the ordinance has been shown to curb tobacco use by teens.