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November 14, 2016
Jackson County Legislature to Pass Tobacco21 Ordinance for Unincorporated Jackson County

JACKSON COUNTY, MO – The Jackson County, Missouri Legislature voted in favor of a Tobacco21 ordinance Monday afternoon at the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence. The approved ordinance amends the current Jackson County code to raise the age of sale and purchase of tobacco and related products from 18 to 21 throughout unincorporated areas of Jackson County.

Each day, 580 kids under the age of 18 become regular, daily smokers; and almost one-third will eventually die from smoking.

Jackson County Health Department Director Bridgette Casey believes that this new ordinance, with other interventions, will make a difference in that number.

“We have an obligation to protect our youth from the dangerous effects of tobacco products, and this ordinance will aide us in doing that,” she said.

Becoming the 21st legislative body to pass Tobacco 21 in the Kansas City Metro area, Jackson County joins jurisdictions such as Independence, Grandview, and Lee’s Summit in the fight against tobacco use among youth. As of right now, almost 1.5 million Kansas City Metro residents are living in an area with a Tobacco21 ordinance. That number is anticipated to increase throughout the year.

As tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 each year, the primary drive of Tobacco21 is to reduce the number of lifelong smokers before they start and work to decrease health disparities directly linked to tobacco use.

“Today was another step in the direction of building a healthier Jackson County, ” said Director Bridgette Casey. “We look forward to seeing the continued progress of Tobacco21 throughout Jackson County.”

To learn more about Tobacco 21, visit the HealthyKC website at wearehealthykc.com.


August 19, 2016
Lee’s Summit City Counsil Latest to Pass Tobacco 21 Ordinance

LEE’S SUMMIT, MO – The Lee’s Summit, Missouri City Counsel became the latest governmental body to pass a Tobacco 21 ordinance, raising the age of purchase and distribution of tobacco, rolling papers, alternative nicotine, and vapor products from 18 to 21 within city limits.

“To put it simply, passage of the Tobacco 21 ordinance will result in a healthier Lee’s Summit community,” said Dr. Ed Kraemer, a physician and member of the city’s Health Education Advisory Board.

Lee’s Summit joins Independence, Grandview and many other communities in the Metro area who have increased their age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21. As of right now, nearly 1.5 million area residents are covered under a Tobacco 21 ordinance in the bi-state region.

As tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 480,000 people each year, the primary drive of Tobacco 21 is to reduce the number of lifelong smokers before they start. Each day, 580 kids under the age of 18 become regular, daily smokers; and almost one-third will eventually die from smoking.

To learn more about Tobacco 21, visit the HealthyKC website at wearehealthykc.com.


May 24, 2016
Grandview Alderman Pass Tobacco 21 Ordinance

GRANDVIEW, MO – The Grandview, Missouri Board of Alderman voted 4-2 Tuesday evening, May 24th, in favor of a Tobacco 21 ordinance. Ordinance No. 6887 amends the Code of Laws regarding the sale and distribution of tobacco, rolling papers, alternative nicotine, and vapor products to persons under the age of 21.

“If we can help stop some young smokers from starting right now, I think it’s important,” said Alderman Brian Hochstein.

Grandview joins many other communities in the Metro area who have increased their age of sale for tobacco products including KCMO, KCKS, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, and Independence with more expected.

As tobacco use remain the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 480.000 people each year, the primary drive of Tobacco 21 is to reduce the number of lifelong smokers before they start. Each day, 580 kids under the age of 18 become regular, daily smokers; and almost one-third will eventually die from smoking.


March 7, 2016
Area Health Officials Issue Health and Travel Advisory Regarding the Zika Virus

KANSAS CITY, MO – Metro area health departments are urging travelers to take precautions to prevent Zika virus infection if they are going to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Health officials suggest travelers follow the CDC’s updated travel guidelines, which include a recommendation that pregnant women not travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission. Health care providers are also urged to counsel patients who are planning to travel to endemic areas about the prevention of mosquito bites and seek Zika virus testing for patients with Zika virus symptoms who have recently traveled to areas with Zika infection.

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December 18, 2015
Jackson County Health Department Receives a $35,000 Award for Preventing Cancer

INDEPENDENCE, MO – The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), has awarded Jackson County Health Department $35,000 in funding to support cancer prevention in Jackson County, Missouri. The funds will be used to identify strategies and develop an action plan to improve vaccination rates for Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the leading cause of cervical and several other types of cancers. Each year in the United States, there are about 26,000 new cases of HPV-related cancers, the majority of which can be prevented with the three-dose series vaccine.

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