Learn how this new legislation will save lives.
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
recently enacted a new 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, other nicotine products
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 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 also passed relevant City Health Code on February 21, 2017.
The Tobacco 21 law is in effect now, but will not be enforced until October