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Blue Springs advisory board votes against increase to vaping age limit

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Posted at 7:42 PM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 00:27:01-04

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — The Blue Springs Public Safety Citizen’s Advisory Board voted Tuesday not to back a proposed new ordinance, which would raise the age for purchasing electronic cigarettes to 21 years old.

The advisory board is made up of mayor-appointed individuals, but lacks the power to vote on ordinances.

The City Council will still consider the ordinance.

Still, the Citizen's Advisory Board, which voted 5-1 against backing the new ordinance, often provides input on pending ordinances, and the city council takes that input into consideration while voting.

If the City Council ordinance passes, it would differentiate electronic cigarettes from traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Blue Springs voted down an ordinance in September that would have raised the legal age to sell or buy tobacco products and e-cigarettes to 21.