McCoy signs law raising age to purchase tobacco in Albany County

June 08, 2016 06:06 PM

You now have to be at least 21 to buy cigarettes in Albany County.

County Executive Dan McCoy signed a law Wednesday, raising the age to purchase tobacco in the county from 18 to 21.

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The law includes cigarettes, tobacco products, liquid nicotine or e-cigarettes.

McCoy says it's all about teaching people, especially kids, to be healthier.

He's not worried about lost revenue.

"I'm hoping the revenue that we're losing is going to make up for the revenue we're spending on health care. You because there's a lot of illnesses, cancer, related to this to people smoking and really at the end of the day, it should balance itself out," reasoned McCoy.

The law passed 24-13 in the county legislature last month.

Albany County joins Suffolk and Chautauqua counties as the only other counties in New York State that have raised the age for tobacco.


WNYT Staff

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