Missouri senator seeks older age limit on tobacco sellers

Thursday, January 19, 2012 | 8:16 a.m. CST; updated 11:59 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 19, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri senator wants to bar stores from letting clerks younger than 18 sell tobacco products.

Sen. Shalonn "Kiki" Curls, a Kansas City Democrat, told a Senate committee Wednesday that allowing teens under 18 to sell tobacco could make it easier for minors to start smoking or chewing at a young age.

She said clerks younger than 18 also have a difficult time turning down buyers who are also younger than 18, potentially allowing minors to purchase tobacco products.

Under her proposal, stores that allow minors to sell tobacco would be fined as much as $500 per violation.

Retail organizations opposed the measure, saying it could hurt grocery stores and gas stations that employ high school students as clerks.

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ranger hondo January 19, 2012 | 9:21 a.m.

This is about the craziest idea I've seen lately. she is absolutely clueless with her comments about young people. Get the government out of personal lives. If she really want to do something beneficial to society have her vote herself out of office...

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frank christian January 19, 2012 | 10:28 a.m.

I agree! But, ranger hondo?

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Mark Foecking January 19, 2012 | 10:33 a.m.

There is already an age limit (18) for clerks that sell alcohol for carryout, and they have to be 21 to tend bar. To be consistent, they should either remove the limits for alcohol or enact one for tobacco.


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Jonathan Hopfenblatt January 19, 2012 | 11:42 a.m.

I didn't even know that kids under 18 could sell tobacco in the first place, but now that I do, I'm inclined to agree with DK.

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