The city of Smyrna voted unanimously on Tuesday to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21.
The ordinance, introduced by Councilman Tim Gould, prohibits people under the age of 21 from buying or possessing tobacco products and electronic smoking devices.
“The increased use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices represents a significant and ever-increasing risk to the well-being of our youths,” Gould said.
“The purpose of the ordinance is to reduce access to tobacco products among adolescents and improve the health within our community, ultimately saving lives.”
As per the ordinance, the ban on electronic smoking devices also includes any substance intended to be aerosolized or vaporized during the use of the device, whether or not the substance contains nicotine.
This decision comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta continue to study the link between vaping and lung disease.
City leaders say they hope the move will encourage state lawmakers to take action.
“I look to the state and the representatives to take the initiative further than what we’re doing (in Smyrna) to level the playing field across the entire state,” Councilwoman Marline Blackburn said.
The new ordinance goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.