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Research shows more than a fifth of adults in Northern Kentucky are smokers. That's according to the Greater Cincinnati Adult Tobacco Survey.

Just a few weeks ago, some Midwest state legislatures were aiming to raise the legal age for smoking. But Congress moved first, setting a new national age limit of 21. Now, some anti-smoking advocates say that’s not enough. 

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It's been illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 21 in Cincinnati since Dec. 12, 2018, and the state of Ohio made it illegal on Oct. 17 of this year. But Cincinnati's policy is more comprehensive. Stores that sell tobacco products are now subject to new licensing and inspections in Cincinnati. The Tobacco 21 law went into effect on Dec. 1 in the city. 

Indiana has one of the highest smoking rates in the country -- nearly one in five Hoosiers smoke. Now, a new statewide policy makes it easier for smokers to get medication to help them quit. But some people want state leaders to do more. 

Come next year, Kentucky lawmakers will be asked to enact an excise tax on electronic cigarettes. The proposal calls for a tax on vaping products and e-cigs at the same level as traditional cigarettes.

Ohio Raises Smoking Age To 21

Jul 19, 2019

Ohio has increased the legal age to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.

A new service launched by the Ohio Department of Health this month offers free, confidential help for people under 18 who are trying to stop using e-cigarettes and tobacco – a growing issue that the Surgeon General is calling an epidemic.

The “My Life, My Quit” initiative is an outgrowth of the Ohio Tobacco Quit phone line for adults. But the new program for teens offers help over the phone, by text or online.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., says one of his "highest priorities" is to take on the leading cause of preventable death in the United States: smoking.

McConnell has sponsored a bill, along with Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, that would increase the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell said he will introduce a bill raising the minimum age to buy cigarettes, vaping devices and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 across the country.

During a news conference in Louisville Thursday, McConnell said he will introduce the legislation in May.

“By raising the age you could legally purchase to 21, tobacco won’t be in most high schools, presenting fewer opportunities for children to get their hands on vaping devices,” McConnell said.

Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed budget includes a provision that would bring the state less revenue – but it’s not a tax cut.

An estimated 21 percent of Hoosiers smoke – one of the highest smoking rates in the country. 

But of the nine bills related to smoking, cigarettes, and e-liquids introduced at the Statehouse this session, only two are moving forward. 

  The Kentucky Senate Agriculture Committee voted down a bill Monday that would have raised the age of legal tobacco use from 18 to 21 years of age.

The American Lung Association and other health advocates will gather in Frankfort on Thursday in hopes of rescuing legislation that would make all of Kentucky's public schools 100% tobacco-free.

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A new study finds vaping of e-cigarettes among teens is up dramatically. The survey of substance use among high school students shows 21 percent of seniors have recently vaped, compared to 11 percent just a year prior.

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Whirlwind news events don't just happen at the national level - local stories can also grab hold of our attention and refuse to let go.

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WVXU politics reporter Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik Monday about Cincinnati City Council passing an ordinance by a 5-3 vote banning sales of tobacco products to those under 21 years old. Will that actually result in fewer young voters? The city is surrounded by suburbs that will still be selling to 18-20 year-olds. 

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The City of Cincinnati raises the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. Patrick Duhaney is sworn-in as the permanent city manager of Cincinnati. Ohio legislators work to push several bills through the House and Senate, even those Governor Kasich is likely to veto.

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Cincinnati Council voted Wednesday for an ordinance raising the age to buy tobacco in the city from 18 to 21.

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Cincinnati Council will vote Wednesday on an ordinance to raise the age to buy tobacco in the city from 18 to 21.

The leader of a health advocacy group says Kentucky isn’t investing enough in the prevention of cancer. 

Ben Chandler, President and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, says many of the state’s cancer cases are related to smoking.  In a speech to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club on Wednesday, Chandler said the state isn’t doing enough to curb the habit. 

The Foundation wants a higher tax on cigarettes.  While the General Assembly raised the tax this year by 50 cents, Chandler says that’s not enough to make people kick the habit. 

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