Lee’s Summit

ATTENTION RETAILERS (Effective December 1, 2016)

The City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri has amended Chapter 17, Code of Ordinances by repealing Section 17-4 in its entirety and enacting in lieu thereof a section of like number and subject matter entitled “sale or distribution of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products or vapor products to those under the age of twenty-one; possession by those under the age of eighteen” to the code of ordinances for the city of Lee’s Summit Missouri. Make sure you’re prepared, know the law, and post legal signage in your store. 

The City of Lee’s Summit, Missouri is providing the following merchant resources: click the link and then download the documents to your computer. These resources can also be found at the city of Lee’s Summit website.

Information on Sections 17-4

  • Each retailer shall ensure that all sales of tobacco products, rolling papers, alternative nicotine, and vapor products to any person comply with the following requirements:
    • It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or distribute any tobacco products, alternative nicotine products or vapor products to persons under the age of twenty-one or allow such sale or distribution.
    • It shall be unlawful for any employee or owner of an establishment where any vending machine is located to permit or allow any person under the age of twenty-one to purchase or otherwise obtain any tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or vapor products from such vending machine.
    • Merchants prohibited from allowing persons under twenty-one years of age the use of cigarette rolling machines. It shall be unlawful for any place of business containing a cigarette rolling machine(s) to allow persons under twenty-one years of age to use said machine(s), unless a person is an employee of the place of business utilzing such a machine, and is using the machine in the course of employment or the person is an employee of the division of liquor control of the Department of Public Safety of the State of Missouri, or the Lee’s Summit, Missouri Police Department and is utilzing for enforcement purposes.

Definitions

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.

Distribute or Distribution: shall mean to furnish, give, provide, or to attempt to do so, whether gratuitously or for any type of compensation.

Tobacco: shall mean any substance containing tobacco leaf, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco snuff, chewing tobacco, or dipping tobacco but does not include alternative nicotine products or vapor products.

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 products does not include any alternative nicotine or tobacco product.

To Report a Violation

To report a violation of this ordinance, contact the Lee’s Summit Codes Administration at 816-969-1600.

Displays

Duty of retailers to post signs. Every retail dealer in tobacco products, alternative nicotine products or vapor products shall cause to be prominently displayed in a conspicuous place at every display from which tobacco products, alternative nicotine products or vapor products are sold, and on every tobacco vending machine and cigarette rolling machine two signs. One sign shall state the following:

          “It is a violation of law for cigarettes, other tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or                       vapor products to be sold to any person under the age of 21.”

The second sign shall include the words “under 21” defaced by a red diagonal diameter of a surrounding red circle.