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The American Lung Association in Kansas & Greater Kansas City teamed up with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and other partners to promote Tobacco 21 in the Kansas City metro area: an effort to raise the legal age of tobacco from 18 to 21. Communities that have done this have seen significant reductions in youth smoking as a result. Evidence is very clear that young people who reach the age of 18 without smoking are very likely to never start. Sixteen communities in metropolitan Kansas City have adopted Tobacco 21 ordinances, and 17 communities on the Kansas side of the state line which represent more than 767,000 Kansans.

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