PAULDING, Ohio. (WFFT) - Anywhere that sells tobacco products in Ohio, you'll start to see more signs about age restictions.
That's because the new law in Ohio says you have to be 21 or older to purchase tobacco products.
Bill Edwards works for the Paulding County Health Department.
He says the rationale behind the new law is simple, make people healthier.
"By reducing the number of smokers that start, it'll increase our life expectancy for children and adults and a better overall health outcome," Edwards explained.
Reaction to the law has been mixed.
Critics on the FOX 55 Facebook page say their rights are being violated, especially since you're considered an adult at 18.
Grace Adams works at a gas station in Paulding, Ohio. She says those impacted the most are not happy.
When asked how many people she had to turn away in just the first day? Adams responded with, "About 6." When asked about their reaction Adams responded by saying "Very Angry...They think that since they can serve in the military at 18, they can buy cigarettes at 18. So, they just think it's not fair."
Why 21? Statistics show that in Ohio, 95% of adult smokers report starting before the age of 21.
Now with vaping in the mix, youth are being attracted to tobacco products even more.
"We're all seeing the same thing," Edwards said about the problems with vaping and youth tobacco use. "We actually had one case where the person was hospitalized from vaping products. They've finally been released, but a lot of people are dying from the vaping."
While it's not illegal in Ohio to possess or use tobacco products if you're under 21, you can be charged with a misdemeanor if you sell to or buy tobacco products for them.
More information on the law can be found here.