New law raises age for Cleveland tobacco sales from 18 to 21

CLEVELAND (AP) — A new Cleveland law raises the age limit for the legal purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21.

The law that took effect Thursday changes the legal age for buying cigarettes, other tobacco products, alternative nicotine products and rolling papers. Retailers are required to ask for identification for anyone who appears to be under the age of 30.

Violations of the law by retailers are a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

The City Council passed approved the law in December, after the Ohio State University College of Public Health issued a report that said raising the age for tobacco purchases would save lives by stopping adolescents and young adults from smoking.

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