Ohio Could Raise Tobacco Purchase Age To 21

They may make the move as more states go to 21

The middle school bathroom has become the vape room. Teens sell vaping liquid in school hallways. High schoolers stash e-cigarettes that resemble computer USB drives in their backpacks.

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said the rise of e-cigarette and vape use among youth is a “public health emergency.” Acton said an e-cigarette cartridge can contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes.

“It harms adolescent brain and development and as we all know know that development goes on to our 20s,” Acton said Wednesday at a news conference at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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