NY Assembly votes to raise legal age for e-cigarette, tobacco sales to 21

NY Assembly votes to raise legal age for e-cigarette, tobacco sales to 21 Photo: AP.

March 06, 2019 04:00 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC/AP) - The New York State Assembly passed a bill Wednesday to raise the age to buy tobacco and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. 

The legislation, which passed the Democrat-led chamber on Wednesday, prohibits the sale of tobacco, as well as electronic cigarettes, to anyone under 21. That's already the law in seven states and several cities around the country, including New York City.

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The measure is backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and has broad support in the Democrat-controlled state Senate, where it has yet to be scheduled for a vote.

Julie Hart of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network called the measure "common sense" and said it will reduce the number of young people who become addicted.

Cuomo released the following statement on raising the minimum sales age for tobacco:

"The lifelong health effects and human misery caused by tobacco use cannot be understated and New York needs to do everything in its power to keep tobacco products out of the hands of our young people. That's why I made raising the age of tobacco sales to 21 one of the first proposals of my Justice Agenda and I applaud the Assembly and particularly Assembly Member Rosenthal for taking action on this very important issue today. I urge the Senate to follow suit and help make this a stronger and healthier New York for all."


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