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Friday, March 29, 2019

You Now Have to be 21 to Buy Tobacco, E-Cigarette Products in Lakewood

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2019 at 1:23 PM

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As of this month, you have to be 21 or older to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes within the city of Lakewood.

The legislation was proposed at the end of 2018 by Councilman John Litten and follows similar moves by 21 other communities across the state that have raised the smoking age, including Cleveland and Akron.

A big part of the reason Lakewood City Council adopted this measure is thanks to the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, especially among young people.

“I’m ecstatic that my colleagues and the administration were thoughtful enough to help get this passed,” Litten told “It’s gone through a rigorous set of committee meetings to make sure it’s the right fit, the right thing for Lakewood.

Business owners who are now caught selling cigs to people under 21 will first receive a written warning, followed by subsequent fines of $250, $500 and $1,000.

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