240 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Don’t buy tobacco – or
any tobacco products and paraphernalia – if you’re under age 21. It’s against the law for someone
to sell it to you.
Smoking is the leading
cause of preventable deaths in the U.S. It kills more people than alcohol,
AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.
help combat these preventable deaths in our community, the City of Columbus
enacted a Tobacco 21 law that protects youth by reducing the
devastating health and economic consequences of tobacco use.
21 laws are an important step in protecting the health and safety of youth –
and entire communities. By raising the age for tobacco products, electronic smoking devices
and paraphernalia to age 21, we can reduce approximately 90% of new smokers
from even starting the dangerous and addictive habit in the first place.
On December 12, 2016, Columbus City Council passed an ordinance that
gave authority to Columbus Public Health to regulate tobacco retailers by
licensing and enforcing civil fines associated with Tobacco 21. The Board of
Health also passed relevant City Health Code on February 21, 2017. The Board of Health recently amended City Health Code Chapter 248 language with new requirements, including prohibiting flavored tobacco products from being sold or given away in the City of Columbus beginning January 1, 2024.
For more information about our Tobacco 21 Program Activities, please visit our Data Dashboard.
Need help quitting? Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or click here for other local resources.
Information for Licensees
Do you sell tobacco products, paraphernalia and vaporizing devices? Find all the information you need to learn about the Tobacco 21 law here. Know what is restricted to those under 21, download the signage, and become familiar with enforcement.
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The Tobacco 21 law will save lives in Columbus.
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Smoke-Free Indoor Air
In November 2007, Ohio voters approved a state law prohibiting smoking in indoor public areas and workplaces with very few exceptions.