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You Now Have to Be 21 to Buy Tobacco Products With One Exception


OHIO – Today laws go into effect that change the age of buying tobacco products from 18 to age 21. The bill went into effect on October 1 of this year with a exemption that Dewine argued and vetoed.

“Exempting current 18 through 20-year-old individuals from the minimum age increase to purchase tobacco products could result in more of these individuals using tobacco products daily, reducing their life expectancy, and increasing Ohio’s long-term healthcare costs. Furthermore, this loophole will create a substantial administrative burden for businesses tasked with upholding the law. Therefore, this veto is in the public interest,” said DeWine.

The products that are affected in this law are not only tobacco products but rolling papers, vaping products and chewing and snuff products.

Ohio’s passing of this law is the 18th state to raise the age to fight tobacco use.