Ohio’s budget legislation for FY 2020-2021 (HB 166) contains a provision that would raise the age to purchase all tobacco, vapor, and nicotine products to 21-years-old.
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While many people believe that raising the age to purchase ALL tobacco and vapor products will prevent a meaningful amount of youth uptake of tobacco products, in reality (and according to studies offered in support of Tobacco 21) the full benefit of this policy will not be realized for another 50 years. In the meantime, people who smoke could be encouraged to switch to safer alternatives, but laws like Tobacco 21--that equate the known harms of smoking with using any other smoke-free nicotine or tobacco product--send the misleading and inaccurate message to people who smoke that all of these products are equally harmful. CASAA believes the net effect of this policy will be to discourage people who smoke from switching to safer alternatives and, at the very least, delay quit attempts by millions of people--regardless of age. For more details on CASAA’s position regarding Tobacco 21, please see our statement, here.