AKRON, Ohio — The Summit County council is considering making it illegal for businesses to sell electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes to anyone under 21, according to News 5 media partner the Akron Beacon-Journal.
The legislation proposed by council members Paula Prentice and Clair Dickinson on Monday would increase the age restriction on the sale of electronic smoking devices and tobacco products in parts of Summit County.
If the county ordinance passes, it would limit sales in Bath, Boston, Copley, Coventry, Northfield Center, Richfield, Sagamore Hills, Springfield and Twinsburg townships.
“We’re hoping to reduce the number of young people who start the tobacco habit,” Dickinson told the Akron Beacon Journal.
Akron, Green, Twinsburg city, Mogadore, Norton and Richfield village have already taken similar measures.
The ordinance defines electronic smoking devices as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pens and e-hookahs.
Summit County Public Health would enforce the ordinance through annual inspections.