Cleveland increases smoking age to 21

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKYC)– Once the mayor signs the new law, Cleveland will become another city in Ohio to increase the smoking age to 21.

According to WKYC, Cleveland City Council passed the legislation last night, which will make it illegal for anyone under 21 to buy any kind of tobacco.

The law, which could go into effect as soon as March 1, still needs the mayor’s signature.

Councilman Joe Cimperman, who spearheaded the law, told WKYC of his own struggles with tobacco. “We’d have a lot less circumstances like my own, of holding my mom’s hand while she died, while she gasped for breath,” he said.

With the new law, teens could face misdemeanor charges just by sharing a cigarette. Teens could be punished with a fine and even jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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