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Local doctor praises raising statewide smoking age to 21

July 17, 2019 05:18 PM

NEW YORK (WHEC) -- New York is the latest state to raise its smoking age from 18 to 21 in an effort to discourage teens from getting hooked.

Gov. Como signed the legislation Tuesday. 

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It will prohibit the sale of tobacco and e-cigarette products to anyone under 21 years old. 

A local docor spoke to News10NBC about the impact of this law and believes the law is a major success, especially regarding the use of vaping products among teens. 

"These types of rules work, this sort of legislation is effective in reducing tobacco use, and particularly among 15 to 17-year-olds," said Dr. Deborah Ossip, Ph.D. professor of public health sciences at URMC. 

The change into law will take effect in 120 days. 

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