Ohio Governor Proposes Raising Tobacco Purchase Age

In the state of Ohio, Republican Governor Mike DeWine has introduced his proposal for the state budget. Within the budget contains language raising the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21.

According to projections the changing of the tobacco age in the state will reduce tobacco sales and tax collections by $17 million dollars in the first year of the two year budget and $22.7 million in the second year.

The lawmakers have until June 30, 2019 to approve the budget which runs for two years.

Information on the budget can be found at http://obm.ohio.gov/Budget/operating/fy20-21.aspx