Tobacco 21 Policy Raising Legal Smoking Age to 21 Fully In Effect in Cincinnati



YOU CAN LOOK.

BUT YOU CAN’T BUY, THAT’S THE
NEW TOBACCO POLICY BEING
ENFORCED AT STORES IN CINCINNATI
FOR ANYONE UNDER 21.
>> A LOT OF THE YOUNGSTERS THAT
COME IN, THEY’RE A LITTLE
DISAPPOINTED, BUT YOU KNOW, WE
HAVE TO FOLLOW THE LAW.
ASHLEY: SHAUNA BLEH MANAGES LOW
BLOW TOBACCO IN CAMP WASHINGTON,
SHE SAID HER STORE MADE THE
NECESSARY CHANGES IN OCTOBER.
>> WE HAD TO GET SOME PAPERWORK
AND WE ALSO PUT UP NEW SIGNAGE.
I ID EVERYBODY REGARDLESS.
ASHLEY: THE TOBBACO 21 LAW WAS
PASSED LAST DECEMBER,
PROHIBITING THE SALE OF TOBACCO
PRODUCTS TO ANYONE UNDER 21,
THIS SECOND PHASE OF THE
ORDINANCE FOCUSES ON THE
ENFORCEMENT FOR RETAILERS WHO
SELL TOBACCO PRODUCTS THAT MEANS
REGULAR, COVERT COMPLIANCE
CHECKS AT STORES, OVERSEEN BY
THE CINCINNATI HEALTH DEPARTMENT
WHEN THE CITY FIRST PROPOSED THE
ORDINANCE LAST YEAR, COUNCIL
WOMAN TAMAYA DENNARD MADE IT
CLEAR, THIS DOES NOT TARGET
YOUNG SMOKERS, BUT THE PEOPLE
SELLING TO THEM.
>> THIS DOES NOT CRIMINALIZE
18 TO 21-YEAR-OLDS.
I WOULD NOT SUPPORT ANYTHING
THAT CRIMINALIZED YOUNG PEOPLE
OR ANYONE IF THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO
BE.
ASHLEY: THE LAW DOES RESTRICT
THE SALE OF ALL TOBACCO PRODUCTS
INCLUDING CIGARETTES, CIGARS,
PIPE TOBACCO, CHEWING TOBACCO,
SNUFF, SNUS, ALL ELECTRONIC
SMOKING DEVICES AND TOBACCO
PRODUCT PARAPHERNALIA, WHETHER
OR NOT THEY CONTAIN NICOTINE.
RETAILERS THAT DON’T FOLLOW SUIT
COULD BE FINED UP TO $1,250 AND
POSSIBLY HAVE THEIR LICENSE
RE

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