Research shows that when enacted, Tobacco 21 will save lives and lower health care costs. Since a large majority of smokers start before the age of 21, a report by the Institute of Medicine found that raising the minimum legal sale age of all tobacco products to 21 years, including for e-cigarettes and vapor products, would reduce the initiation of smoking by as much as 25 percent in young teens.
The City of St. Louis becomes the 10th Missouri community or county to be covered by Tobacco 21.
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