WORTHINGTON, OH (WCMH) -- Worthington has joined other Central Ohio communities in raising the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.
The measure was unanimously passed Monday night during the city council meeting.
The new law, which goes into effect July 1, states that a person now has to be 21 to purchase any tobacco or tobacco related products.
There will be an educational period when the law starts, however, so there won’t be any fines or penalties enforced until October 1.
The City of Worthington contracts with Columbus Public Health for its health services, so the law mirrors that of the City of Columbus. Columbus Public Health will implement the law, which requires tobacco retailers to obtain and retain a Retail Tobacco Sales License.
The age increase means Worthington has joined other communities such as Columbus, Bexley, Upper Arlington, Grandview Heights and New Albany, where the minimum age to buy tobacco has already been raised.
For more information on the law click here: Columbus Tobacco Law