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According to U.S. government statistics, about 90 percent of tobacco users become dependent on nicotine before their 21st birthday. That's why University of Cincinnati assistant professor Ashley Merianos believes the Ohio governor's push to raise the age to purchase tobacco products is the right decision.

As part of his state budget proposal, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has asked the Statehouse to approve raising the age to purchase tobacco products in Ohio from 18 to 21, including e-cigarettes and vaping supplies. [...]