Topeka judge bars 21-to-smoke ordinance

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March 23, 2018 - 11:00 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka cannot enforce a new ordinance that banned the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 after a judge ruled the ordinance violates the Kansas Constitution.

Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis issued a permanent injunction Thursday barring Topeka’s city government from enforcing an ordinance approved in December.

More than a dozen other cities in Kansas have passed “Tobacco 21” ordinances, in an effort to restrict people between 18 and 21 from buying cigarettes and other tobacco-related products, including electronic cigarettes. Topeka’s law was scheduled to take effect in January.

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