COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio is raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The new law will take effect in October after Gov. Mike DeWine signed it this week.READ MORE: Pool At Lt. Governor's Residence Will Once Again Be Used To Teach Kids To Swim
Ohio is one of 18 states that have raised the minimum age for purchasing cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products. The new law also applies to rolling papers, filters and other smoking and vaping accessories.READ MORE: Stalemate Breaks On To-Go Mixed Drinks For Pennsylvania Bars, Restaurants
National statistics show Ohio has one of the highest rates of adult smokers at just over 21%. Backers of the new law say the goal is to prevent children from starting to smoke.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra To Have Live Audiences For Return To Heinz Hall In September
DeWine says smoking is a crisis for young people in Ohio and the U.S.
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