News from the Capitol

On January 24th, the Ohio Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of a bill that prevents local governments from protecting the health and well-being of their communities from Big Tobacco.

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We are disappointed and concerned as this removes the ability of communities to regulate tobacco sales and enforce the State's Tobacco 21 law - essentially removing all measures of accountability and further expose our youth to being targeted by these ever-present vape and tobacco shops. 

In Ohio, 26 communities currently have programs in place to conduct compliance checks and ensure accountability of tobacco and e-cigarette retailers called Tobacco Retail Licensure (TRL). These policies exist to hold retailers accountable for following tobacco sales laws. All of these were due to people standing up and advocating for themselves and future generations.

We know this is disappointing but we want to thank you and the thousands of other advocates for raising your voice and fighting for a healthier Ohio. We will continue advocating and holding Big Tobacco accountable at the state level. We are so grateful to all of you for your advocacy and stand with you.

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