City Council raises legal age to buy tobacco and vaping products to 19

Published: Jan. 7, 2020 at 8:54 PM CST
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North Platte's City Council took the final step on implementing the city's tobacco and vaping ordinance.

The new measure prohibits the sale and possession of vaping products and traditional tobacco products to anyone under the age of 19.

President Donald Trump signed a new law last month that set the minimum age to 21.

However, in Nebraska, the age limit still remains at 19, with plans to change it to 21 by summer.

Councilmen Glenn Petersen and Jim Backenstose questioned the discrepancy.

"There is an argument by some that federal government preempts the state law, but that simply confuses the matter," said City Attorney Doug Stack. "You can always change it to 21 in the future, but I think you will have the most success enforcing this message if you leave the age at 19 at this time."

North Platte Police Chief Daniel Hudson tells us all local retailers, except for Cornhusker Liquor, have implemented the 21 year age limit.

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