Nebraska withholds age increase on tobacco products

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. New tobacco laws are now in effect on the federal level.

Many businesses in North Platte are choosing to abide by the Federal Law rather than the Nebraska State Law by selling their products to people 21 years or older. (Source: Jace Barraclough/KNOP)

The new age for the purchase and possession of tobacco and vape products is 21 as far as the Federal Government is concerned.

However, according to Beth Kerr of the North Platte Police Department, the Nebraska State Law is still 19.

On Tuesday North Platte also updated its ordinance surrounding tobacco laws to include vape products.

While Nebraska hasn't increased the age to 21, some businesses like Gary's Super Foods, are opting to abide by the Federal standard.

"If they choose not to sell to anyone under the age of 21 they can do so because they're a private entity," said North Platte Officer Beth Kerr. "If they chose not to sell to anyone under the age of 50 they can do that. If a private citizen has a problem with that then they're going to have to take their business elsewhere."

According to the American Lung Association as many as 2,500 kids try cigarettes each day.