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New Legal Age for Tobacco Purchase – – 21

October 30, 2019

As you have likely heard, you must now be 21 to purchase tobacco products in Ohio. Products included in the new regulations include:

  • Cigarettes
  • Electronic smoking devices (vapes, e-cigs, tanks)
  • Cigars
  • Pipe tobacco
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Snuff
  • Snus
  • Dissolvable nicotine products
  • Filters, rolling papers, pipes, blunts, or hemp wraps
  • Liquids used in electronic smoking devices (whether or not they contain nicotine)
  • Vapor products (any component, part or additive that is intended for use in an electronic smoking device, a mechanical heating element, battery, or electronic circuit and is used to deliver the product, see ORC 2927.02 for full list)

The new law makes a lot of sense. Some 95 percent of adult smokers began smoking before the age of 21. In addition, 75 percent of smokers between 15 and 17 years of age report obtaining cigarettes from their friends. With the recent news of illness associated with electronic cigarettes (vaping), it is more important than ever to keep these harmful products away from youth. You can read more about the details of the new regulations here. Visit this section of our website for more information on smoking cessation.

Hamilton County Public Health is in the process of placing signs in retail environments indicating the law changes. I have attached the signs here – please feel free to copy and distribute them in your jurisdictions. We will be spot-checking retailers for compliance with the regulations. Law enforcement is responsible for ensuring compliance.

Thank you for your help in keeping our youth away from tobacco products and working toward healthy lives!

Tim Ingram
Health Commissioner

Click on one of the pictures to view a larger version or to download the poster for your business.

Posted by: Christy Cauley

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