Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Council to Ponder Tobacco Ban Topeka Governing Body to Consider Ban on Sale of Tobacco Products to Adults Ages 18 to 20

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Council to Ponder Tobacco Ban Topeka Governing Body to Consider Ban on Sale of Tobacco Products to Adults Ages 18 to 20

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A proposed ban on the sale of tobacco products to adults ages 18 through 20 will be the burning issue considered when the Topeka City Council meets Tuesday.

The council will meet at 6 p.m. in its chambers at 214 S.E. 8th. The Shawnee County Commission won't meet Monday, as its members voted Sept. 28 to cancel their meeting set for that day.

The city's governing body, consisting of the nine council members and Mayor Larry Wolgast, plans Tuesday to take up Councilwoman Elaine Schwartz's proposal to ban the sale or furnishing of cigarettes and other tobacco-related products, including electronic cigarettes, to anyone younger than 21. The current minimum age to buy tobacco products in Topeka is 18.

Eleven people, many of them health professionals, spoke in favor of the proposal when the governing body accepted public comments on the matter Nov. 21. One spoke against it. Public comments will also be accepted Tuesday.

Schwartz's proposal comes before the governing body after Shawnee County commissioners voted 2-1 on Aug. 10 to approve a nearly identical measure covering the county's unincorporated areas.

Governing body members also plan Tuesday to consider Councilman Brendan Jensen's proposal to allow miniature pigs that weigh less than 150 pounds and measure less than 24 inches tall at the shoulder to be kept as pets within city limits. The measure would also make various other changes to city animal codes.

The city currently has conflicting ordinances regarding whether miniature pigs may be kept as pets.

The governing body in January began considering Jensen's proposal. A council committee has since been discussing and revising the measure.

In other business, the governing body plans to:

-- Consider approving recommendations made as part of a Downtown Comprehensive Parking Plan put together for the city. …

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