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A 2015 report by the Institute of Medicine indicated that raising the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21 will likely prevent or delay initiation of tobacco use by adolescents and young adults, particularly among youth 15 to 17 years old.
Cigarettes, electronic smoking deceives such as vapes, e-cigarettes and tanks, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco, snuff, sus, dissolvable nicotine products, filters, rolling papers, pipes, blunts or hemp wraps, liquids used in electronic smoking devices whether they contain nicotine or not and vapor products: any component, part or additive that is intended for use in an electronic smoking device, a mechanical heating element, battery or electronic circuit and would be used to deliver the product are covered under the new law.
Tobacco products and alternative nicotine products do not include nicotine replacement therapy products for use when quitting tobacco and other nicotine products.
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The law requires retailers to post a sign indicating that it is illegal to sell tobacco and alternative nicotine products to anyone under the age of 21. A clerk who sells tobacco and alternative nicotine products to a person under 21 and the owner of the retail establishment may face criminal penalties that increase after the first violation under Ohio's Tobacco 21 law.
For a first offense, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree, a clerk is subject to no more than 30 days in jail and a fine up to $250, and the retail establishment is subject to a fine of $2,000.
For more information about Ohio's Tobacco 21 law, go to OhioTobacco21.gov or call the toll-free hotline at 1-855-OHIO-T21. ODH's Ohio Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW offers free resources, including non-judgmental quit coaches for quitting tobacco and vaping products.