Gov. DeWine calls to increase age to 21 to purchase tobacco products, e-cigarettes

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Governor Mike DeWine and members of his administration are urging the legislature to increase the age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarette‘s to 21.

At a news conference today the Ohio Health director and the director of mental health and addiction services shared statistics for how e-cigarette’s could lead to the death of millions of young people down the road.

One of those statistics is that more than 60% of young people do not realize the liquid used in E cigarettes likely contains nicotine, a highly addictive substance that causes physical dependency.

Governor DeWine also called out the manufacturers of these products for advertising them in a way that is attractive to young people are using marketing techniques that have been outlawed for the sale of regular cigarettes.

The administration says raising the age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarette’s could save millions of Ohioans lives.

He also says this is not meant to infringe upon the rights of adults in anyway, but to simply delay access to these highly addictive substances.

Concerns that high school students are using these products in school as well as selling them to each other we’re also raised.

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