Ohio Introduces New Vaping/Cigarette Law


Preston Hancock, Student Life Section Editor

As of October 17, 2019, it is illegal to give, sell, or otherwise distribute cigarettes, other tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products like e-cigarette/vaping products to any person under the age of 21.  This is a major change as the required age changes from 18 to 21. In addition to this, it is now illegal to give such products to others under the age of 21.

The passing of this new law makes Ohio the 18th state to put its legal smoking and vaping age at 21.  In the past when the drinking age was changed to 21, the people that were 18 years old were grandfathered into the system and they were still able to continue to drink even though they were under 21 years of age.  That was going to be the case with this new tobacco law until Governor DeWine used his line-item veto power as the Governor to eliminate a section of the new law that would have “grandfathered” in people who are now between the ages of 18 and 21.  This means that people between the ages of 18 and 21 who could use tobacco products before the law passed can no longer use them until they are 21.