Ohio budget raises minimum age for cigarettes, vaping products to 21

Ohio budget raises minimum age for cigarettes, vaping products to 21
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - The state budget passed Wednesday night will likely have an impact on a portion of Ohio’s cigarette smokers.

Some 18-year-old residents won’t be able to light up for another three years.

As of right now, the age to buy cigarettes and vaping products is 18. The bill increases the age to 21. Ohio will join several other states, like New York and Illinois, who have similar laws.

The bill will become law in 90 days. For those who are or turn 18 before the 90 days are up, you will still be able to buy tobacco products at 18. But if you turn 18 after the 90 days, you will have to wait another three years before you can buy those products.

The governor is hoping by raising the age, fewer people will have access. The restriction will include all vaping products.

According to the health department, more than 20 percent of high school students use e-cigs, making them more at risk to become smokers.

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