NYS minimum tobacco age going up next week
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- In July, New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed legislation to raise the age for tobacco sales.
"Tobacco 21, or T-21 is a new legislation that will be rolling out on November 13th," said Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition (STTAC) Reality Check/ youth program coordinator, Samantha White. "This is a law that prohibits the sale of tobacco to anyone under the age of 21. This includes electronic cigarettes and e-liquids as well."
White says with this new law, it'll look to keep tobacco products out of the hands of teens.
"This is a really important piece of our policy puzzle," said White. "The goal of this policy is to eliminate the presence of tobacco in schools. This policy is going to hit ages 15 to 17 the hardest as they normally acquire tobacco from older teens, 18 to 20-year-olds."
The Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition hopes the new law will help lower the smoking rate in Chemung County, which is at 25.9% among adults. WENY News reached out to officials with Dandy Mini Marts about how their businesses could be affected by this upcoming change.
"We figure that the effect will be spread out amongst a lot of other outlets that sell tobacco, convenience stores, tobacco shops," said Dandy Mini Marts marketing director, Bill Bustin. "We're anticipating some movement, but nothing too severe."
Again, this new law will go into effect next week on November 13th.