Capitol Region County Raises Age to Buy Tobacco to 21
Another New York state county has voted to raise the age to buy tobacco products.
The Times Union is reporting that Albany County lawmakers voted Monday 24-13 to back the Tobacco 21 push. Albany now joins New York City, Suffolk, and Chautauqua in barring the sale of tobacco products, as well as e-cigs and related paraphernalia, to those under 21 years of age.
Two other New York counties, Nassau and Onondaga, have raised the age to 19.
According to the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation, at least 143 municipalities across the United States have passed similar legislation.
Hawaii became the first to pass a statewide ban in June 2015.
Some New York lawmakers attempted to raise the age statewide in 2015, though the bills failed to get out of committee in either the Assembly or Senate
Store owners who violate the law would face a civil penalty between $300 and $1,000 for a first offense and between $500 and $1,500 for subsequent violations.