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CONTACT INFO

Email
Health@columbus.gov

Mailing Address
240 Parsons Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Phone
(614) 645-7417

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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.

To 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.  

Tobacco 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 1, 2017.

 

Info For LiCensees

Do you sell tobacco products, including paraphernalia and vaporizing devices? Find all the information you need to learn about the new Tobacco 21 law here. Know what is restricted to those under 21, download the signage, and become familiar with enforcement. Learn more.

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The new Tobacco 21 law will save lives in Columbus. Learn more.