Ohio State Senate Moves to Prohibit Local Bans on Flavored Vapes

DeWine, a Republican, is a staunch advocate of vaping product limits, having sponsored efforts to enact a statewide ban on flavored vapes.
Ohio State Senate Moves to Prohibit Local Bans on Flavored Vapes

The Ohio State Senate voted today to overturn Governor Mike DeWine's veto of legislation that would bar local governments from prohibiting flavored vapes and tobacco, as well as imposing other municipal regulations that exceed state limits.

The Senate voted 24-8, weeks after the State House voted 60-31 to overturn the veto. Governor DeWine used his line-item veto power to oppose the preemption provision, which was included in the state budget measure signed in July.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the taste ban preemption measure will become law in 90 days.

The veto override would terminate Columbus' restriction on flavored nicotine products, which went into force on January 1. The 2022 approval of that ordinance spurred Republicans in the state legislature to introduce legislation prohibiting towns and other communities from establishing their own tobacco product rules.


According to the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association (CASAA), 26 Ohio towns have passed or discussed local flavor ban measures in the previous 18 months. These ordinances, as well as the Columbus flavor prohibition and a Toledo ordinance passed in 2019 prohibiting the sale of flavored prefilled pods and cartridges, will now be barred.

In January 2023, DeWine vetoed a similar preemption bill approved in December 2022. However, because the governor submitted his veto after the state legislature had concluded its session, lawmakers were unable to override it.

DeWine, a Republican, is a staunch advocate of vaping product limits, having sponsored efforts to enact a statewide ban on flavored vapes.

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