The Shawnee County Commission has voted to change the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Commissioner Bob Archer said he pushed for the change because of falling county health rankings.
“If we don’t take action, we’re just not doing our jobs, in my opinion," Archer said. "This is something we can do. It’s sending a message out that we care about the health of our citizens."
The proposal passed on a 2-1 vote. Commissioner Shelly Buhler supported it, but Commissioner Kevin Cook was opposed.