Gov. Cuomo raises NY state smoking age from 18 to 21
July 16, 2019 04:09 PM
The smoking age in New York state is going from 18 to 21.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday to raise the age to buy both tobacco and e-cigarettes. It takes effect in 120 days.
Gov. Cuomo’s office says around 28,000 adult New Yorkers die every year from smoking. They say they expect this will help prevent underage kids from getting tobacco from friends – and hopefully save thousands of lives.
Sixteen states have approved raising the smoking age to 21, though in some the changes won't take effect until later in 2019 or in coming years.
In addition, hundreds of local communities around the nation have made the move to 21. In New York state, they include New York City, Long Island, Albany and a dozen other counties.
WNYT Staff / AP
Updated: July 16, 2019 04:09 PM
Created: July 16, 2019 03:39 PM
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