Hudson, Ohio Rejects Tobacco Purchasing Age Increase

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While the list of municipalities raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21-years-old continues to grow, the city of Hudson, Ohio will not be adding its name to that roll, at least not at the moment.

The city council rejected the idea by a 4-1 vote following its first reading at the Feb. 5 meeting, with one of the six members absent from the vote. The objection seemed to come largely from Councilmember Hal DeSaussure, who objected to the idea of trying to create a statewide law on a piecemeal basis. He noted that if the increase was just something to benefit the city, he would view it differently, but the tobacco purchasing age is something that should be handled at the state level.

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That hasn’t stopped a number of nearby cities from enacting their own increases, most notably Cleveland and Akron, while the total number of cities to enact an increase is approaching 20 statewide.

Hudson is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Cleveland and is home to an estimated 22,245 residents.

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