Ohio Governor Vetoes Another “Anti-Regulation of Flavoring Product Sales” Proposal

Not long ago, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) once again vetoed a proposal to “oppose regulation of the sale of flavored tobacco and other nicotine products” and called for a ban on flavored tobacco sales in Ohio.

The proposal was included in the Ohio budget bill, and in his veto statement, DeWine cited estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that 480,000 Americans die each year from lung disease caused by cigarettes and that tobacco and other nicotine products increase health care costs in the state.

He also stressed that flavored tobacco products are often marketed to minors.

In the statement, DeWine wrote:

“In the absence of an effective and comprehensive statewide ban on flavored tobacco (including menthol flavors), local government bans are critical because they reduce access to flavored tobacco and nicotine replacement products and interrupt the cycle of addiction. Removing local controls would encourage youth addiction to nicotine and reverse years of progress in improving public health.”

In January 2023, DeWine vetoed a bill that would have prevented “a ban on the sale of menthol tobacco and candy-flavored e-cigarettes,” and he even held a press conference with health officials to warn that flavored products were fueling an “epidemic” of youth smoking and e-cigarette use “.

Prior to that, the Columbus, Ohio, City Council had banned the sale of menthol tobacco and other products.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther (Andrew Ginther) said after DeWine’s previous veto:

“This veto is a positive move for the children of Columbus.”

The veto was also applauded by public health advocates. Supporters of the flavored tobacco ban say there should be more than sporadic local legal regulation, and they say the regulation of tobacco products should be a statewide issue.