As part of his FY 2020-2021 budget, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is calling for an increase in the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old, part of a health policy initiative that the governor is promoting.
The age increase is expected to cost the state $17 million in FY 2020 and $22.7 million in FY 2021. The governor did not, however, call for an increase in the state’s taxes on cigarettes or other tobacco products.
At this point, the increase would only happen if the budget is approved as a whole, something unlikely to occur given the traditional budgeting process that states go through. In Ohio’s case, legislators have until June 30 to approve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.