Ohio joins the growing number of states that have adopted tobacco 21 legislation. Governor Mike DeWine (R) signed Ohio’s 2020-21 State Operating Budget which contains age restriction language. The measure prohibits the sale or distribution of tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or papers used to roll cigarettes to any person under twenty-one years of age effective October 1, 2019.
Additionally, the enacted language requires retailers to post legal age restrictions in their places of business. Guidance requires a “legibly printed sign in letters at least one-half inch high stating that giving, selling, or otherwise distributing cigarettes, other tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, or papers used to roll cigarettes to a person under twenty-one years of age is prohibited by law.”
Governor DeWine vetoed a grandfather clause for individuals who are 18 to 20 as of October 1, 2019.