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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ The Columbia/Boone County Board of Health has endorsed proposals to ban selling tobacco products to people younger than 21.

The Columbia Tribune reports the board also approved on Thursday a proposal to add e-cigarettes to Columbia’s restrictions on smoking inside public places.

The Columbia City Council last month sent the two proposals to the city’s Substance Abuse Advisory Commission and health board before it would take a final vote on the measures. The commission OK’d both proposals on Wednesday.

The executive director of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association spoke against both proposals at the health board meeting. He argued the bills would conflict with state regulations. He recommended more enforcement of existing laws, such as requiring everyone selling cigarettes to check a person’s ID.