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Age to Purchase Tobacco and Nicotine Products is Now 21

Ohio’s new “Tobacco 21” law takes effect today, October 17, 2019. The law raises the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes, vaping, and other nicotine products from 18 to 21. It will also be illegal to give such products to others under age 21. Tobacco use is the foremost preventable cause of premature death in the United States, is responsible for approximately 480,000 deaths a year, and has contributed to 208 million premature deaths in the United States since the Surgeon General’s 1964 smoking report. Moreover, smoking is linked to $300 billion in national health care and lost productivity costs per year. “Tobacco 21 represents an opportunity for public health law to mitigate an important national health risk,” commented Lake County Health Commissioner Ron Graham. “We applaud the jurisdictions that have already adopted Tobacco 21 voluntarily, such as the City of Wickliffe, who did so on May 29, 2018. This legislation will protect our youth from unnecessary illness and lifelong addiction.”

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Severe Pulmonary Disease Associated with Vaping in Lake County

Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is reminding residents of the dangers of severe pulmonary disease associated with “vaping” through the use of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products. Lake County is currently investigating two reported cases; however, no additional information is available at this time. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has reported 22 cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with vaping since October 1, 2019. These cases included males and females, ages 15-59. All cases had to be hospitalized.

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Mosquito-Borne Horse Disease Spotted in Northeast Ohio alongside Human Cases in Neighboring States

Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) is reminding residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites following recent reports of human cases of Eastern Equine encephalitis (EEE) in nearby Michigan and Pennsylvania. Ohio Department of Agriculture has reported three cases of EEE in horses in northeast Ohio. “This is a serious disease, and the most effective way to prevent your horses from getting EEE is to have the animals vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian Dr. Tony Forshey. “It is spread through mosquitoes and can also affect people, so taking steps to manage the mosquito population, such as eliminating standing water, will also help prevent EEE and other vector-borne viruses, like West Nile virus.”

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Mail: Leroy Township Fiscal Office, 13028 Leroy Center Rd., Painesville, OH 44077
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