A proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old in Ohio will be on the table this week as legislators scramble to approve a budget and get it to the desk of Gov. Mike DeWine, who must sign it by June 30.

The proposal comes from DeWine himself and has managed to stick in the proposal through numerous hearings, debates, amendments and revisions. It would allow those who are least 18 by October 1 to continue purchasing tobacco products and e-cigarettes, while anyone not 18 would have to wait until they are 21 years old.

The item, HB 166, has been heard in both chambers but amendments remain the sticking point, and the Senate has asked for a committee of conference, meaning that members of both chambers will gather this week in an attempt to resolve their differences and finalize a bill that both chambers can support.

Assuming the increase remains in the budget and it passes, Ohio will join more than a dozen states that have raised the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.



Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.