Stores starting to warn people about the new minimum age to buy tobacco

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Some Topeka businesses are getting ahead of a new law that raises the legal age to by tobacco products within city limits.

At the Kwik Shop, at 21st and Belle, there's already a sign on their door warning everyone that effective Monday they will need to be 21 years old in order to by tobacco products. That includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chew, snuff, and liquid nicotine.

The new ordinance, upping the minimum age from 18, was passed by city council members by a vote of 8 to 2 on Tuesday. It will go into effect on Wednesday, January 10.

It does not prohibit people 18-20 from smoking or consuming tobacco - just from purchasing it.