Cigarettes

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It’s hard to stop smoking, and smoking cessation programs like  Ohio’s smoking Quit Line, offered by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), can be important factors in helping people put out their last cigarette. 

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Anti-tobacco groups are calling on lawmakers to raise the tax on products that have been left out of recent increases, such as e-cigarettes and chew. They’re reigniting their call as part of World No Tobacco Day.

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Akron is considering a new ordinance that would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. This change which has already been implemented in Columbus and Cleveland has led to mixed results.

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The American Lung Association is out with its yearly report card on tobacco control. Overall, Ohio gets a failing grade with one A, one D, and three F’s.

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A new national report released by the American Cancer Society shows Ohio falling behind in keeping people from using tobacco products.

The “How Do You Measure Up?” report grades each state on how well they do on tobacco control and access to care.

Jeff Stephens with the American Cancer Society in Ohio says 30 percent of cancer-related deaths in the state are caused by tobacco.

He attributes this to the Legislature’s lack of funding for tobacco prevention programs and refusal to increase taxes on tobacco products.

Under 21 in Cleveland? No Cigarette Sales for You

Apr 13, 2016
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Tomasz Sienicki

Starting tomorrow, retailers in Cleveland will only be allowed to sell tobacco products to people who are 21 or older. Under the old law. the minimum age is 18.

As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, the new law is aimed at helping to prevent young people from becoming smokers.

Cleveland spokesman Daniel Ball says raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products is based on an Ohio State University study.