T21 Sign




Mailing Address
240 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215


(614) 645-7417


On December 12, 2016, City Council passed a new 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 passed relevant City Health Code on February 21, 2017. The law is in effect now, but will not be enforced until October 1, 2017.

The new 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 of tobacco and other nicotine products 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 new Tobacco 21 law.  - learn more


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


Retail Tobacco Sales License If you're a retailer that sells tobacco or vaping products and paraphernalia, you'll need a license to sell. - learn more


Looking to download a copy of the Tobacco 21 sign? Learn More.


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