Governor Andrew Cuomo sets plan to raise legal age for tobacco and e-cigarettes

January 13, 2019 11:54 AM

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a proposal Saturday to raise the minium sales age for tobacco and e-cigarette products. 

Cuomo hopes to raise the age from 18 to 21. His plan will be included in the 2019 executive budget.

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The proposal is part of the Governor's comprehensive legislation to curb tobacco and e-cigarette products in pharmacies. 

"We have made great strides to stamp out teen smoking, but new products threaten to undo this progress to the detriment of millions of Americans. In New York, we refuse to stand idly by while unscrupulous businesses target our young people and put their very futures at risk," Governor Cuomo said. 

The campaign said about 28,000 adult New Yorkers die every year as a result of smoking and that an increasing number of underage youth are using traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes. They hope to change that. 


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