In a 5-3 vote, Cincinnati City Council voted to increase the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vape products, to 21. One Councilmember was absent. Tamaya Dennard, the councilmember who sponsored the legislation, made clear that this ordinance would not criminalize 18-20 year olds for smoking or obtaining tobacco products. “The disease and illness that smoking causes are 100 percent preventable. Without a doubt, this ordinance will help curb the rate of unnecessary and preventable health issues in our area,” said Dennard.
December 13, 2018