To help combat preventable deaths and life long addiction to tobacco and nicotine products, Ohio has enacted a Tobacco 21 law. Tobacco 21 is raising the legal purchase age of tobacco from 18 to 21. The law protects youth by reducing the economic consequences of tobacco use. Research indicates that youth who do not attempt tobacco or nicotine products prior to the age of 21 are less likely to start and adopt this addicting and dangerous habit.

According to the 2016/2017 Lucas County Community Health Assessment, the age onset of smoking among residents is 12.5 years old. By adopting Tobacco 21, high school seniors that are 18 years old are less likely to provide tobacco products to freshman, sophomores, and juniors.

What you need to know

As of October 17th, 2019, Tobacco 21 has been implemented in the entire state of Ohio. Facilities such as, tobacco retail stores, hookah cafes, cigar shops, and vape shops are not authorized to sell tobacco or nicotine products to anyone under the age of 21. Tobacco compliance checks are conducted annually to prevent youth tobacco use.

How can you help?

– Show support in your community (neighborhood blockwatches, schools, daycares, and local businesses)
– Contact the Tobacco Prevention Program at 419.213.4120 for more information
– The Tobacco Prevention Program is willing to go out into the community and present/educate regarding Tobacco 21