The City of Independence, Missouri has amended Ordinance 11.03 effective March 1, 2016, to increase the minimum sale age for tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, and vapor products to 21. Make sure you’re prepared. Know the law and post legal signage in your store.
The Health Department is providing the following merchant resources: click on the link then download the documents to your computer.
ALTERNATIVE NICOTINE PRODUCT shall mean any non-combustible product containing nicotine that is intended for human consumption, whether chewed, absorbed, dissolved, or ingested by any other means. Alternative nicotine product does not include any vapor product, tobacco product or any product regulated as a drug or device by the United States Food and Drug Administration under Chapter V of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
TOBACCO PRODUCT shall mean smokeless tobacco products, tobacco snuff, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and other tobacco products suitable for smoking.
VAPOR PRODUCT shall mean any non-combustible product with or without nicotine that employs a heating element, power source, electronic circuit, or other electronic, chemical or mechanical means, regardless of shape or size, which can be used to produce vapor with or without nicotine in a solution or other form. Vapor product includes any electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device and any vapor cartridge or other container of nicotine in a liquid solution or other form that is intended to be used with or in an electronic cigarette, electronic cigar, electronic cigarillo, electronic pipe, or similar product or device. Vapor product does not include any alternative nicotine or tobacco product.