T21 Sign



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Columbus, Ohio 43215


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On December 12, 2016, City Council passed an ordinance that gave authority to Columbus Public Health to regulate tobacco and paraphernalia retailers by licensing and enforcing civil fines associated with Tobacco 21. The Board of Health passed relevant City Health Code on February 21, 2017.

The law supports Columbus Public Health’s strategic priority to reduce chronic disease and tobacco use in our community which enhances our mission to protect health and save lives.

Consider this: people who start smoking by the age of 18 are almost twice as likely to become lifelong smokers when compared to individuals who start after they turn 21.

By raising the age for tobacco products, electronic smoking devices and paraphernalia to age 21, we can reduce approximately 90% of new smokers from starting the dangerous and addictive habit in the first place.

Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.



Tobacco 21 Requirements Become familiar with what is required under the Tobacco 21 law. - learn more


Restricted Products Find a list of what products are restricted, including paraphernalia and all vaporizing devices. - learn more


Retail Tobacco Product Sales License

If you're a retailer that sells tobacco or vaping products and paraphernalia, you'll need a license to sell.

Are you thinking of adding an outdoor patio for smoking at your facility?

In order to permit smoking, an outdoor patio must allow thorough, unobstructed circulation of air to all parts of the patio. The patio must not have more than two walls if it is covered.  Also, smoke must not enter a regulated area from the patio. If in doubt, ask the proprietor.


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Enforcement and Fines Be prepared for enforcement. Inspections will be conducted for all locations that hold a Retail Tobacco and Paraphernalia Sales License and at Temporary Retail Tobacco and Paraphernalia Sales License locations. - learn more