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Columbus, Ohio 43215
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.
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.
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
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.
kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders and
suicides combined. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the
Become familiar with what is required under the new Tobacco 21 law.
Find a list of what products are now restricted, including paraphernalia and all vaporizing devices.
If you're a retailer that sells tobacco or vaping products and paraphernalia, you'll need a license to sell.
Looking to download a copy of the Tobacco 21 sign?
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.