NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City City Council is adjusting its tobacco ordinance to raise the purchase age from 18 to 19, but many retailers are saying they are adopting store policies of age 21.

State law increased the age from 18 to 19 beginning Jan. 1, but federal law signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 20  raised the age to 21.

Nebraska City Attorney Drew Graham told city commissioners Monday that the city ordinance should be changed to reflect the state’s age of 19 for tobacco and alternative nicotine.

Graham: “Originally it was thought to be just age changes, but upon reading the state statutes a little further, they’ve added some definitions for alternative nicotine products and electronic nicotine delivery, which essentially addresses the vaping and that industry.”

Attorney General Doug Peterson said his office is advising Nebraska law enforcement agencies to enforce the age 19 unless the Nebraska Legislature raises the age to 21 as is suggested by the federal Tobacco 21 Act.