New Ohio tobacco law goes into effect on Thursday

Published: Oct. 16, 2019 at 12:59 PM EDT
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A new raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 goes into effect on Thursday in Ohio.

The state is one of 18 that have raised the minimum age for buying cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The law signed in July by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine applies to rolling papers, filters and other smoking and vaping accessories.

State officials said it also will become illegal to give such products to anyone younger than 21. Violations could lead to penalties for both sellers and buyers.

DeWine and other supporters say the new law is intended to help prevent children from becoming smokers.

National statistics have shown that Ohio has one of the highest rates of adult smokers at just over 21 percent.