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Cincinnati Raises Tobacco Buying Age to 21

Decision follows four other Ohio cities
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CINCINNATI – One more Ohio city has increased the legal tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21.

Cincinnati joins Akron, Dublin, Columbus and Cleveland with similar tobacco-buying laws with its City Council voting 5-3 on Dec. 12 to increase the minimum age, reported WVXU public radio.

“I can’t get past the fact that I philosophically believe that government should not tell adults what they can or can’t do with their own body,” Chris Seelbach, a city councilman who voted against the measure, told the news outlet. “And I can’t get past that.”

The ordinance would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, pipe tobacco and snuff, to anyone under the age of 21. The first violation for retailers would mean a $500 fine and a second violation would mean a $1,250 fine. The new rule also requires retailers to obtain a $500 tobacco retail license, with a $75 penalty for late application or fee payment, the report said.

“With this vote, we can make an entire generation and the generation after that infinitely healthier,” Greg Landsman, a councilman who voted for the measure, told the news outlet.

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