Min­i­mum age for buy­ing tobacco could rise to 21

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A com­mit­tee of the Or­ange County Leg­is­la­ture voted unan­i­mously Tues­day to raise the le­gal age for pur­chase of tobacco prod­ucts in the county from 18 to 21.

Michael Anag­nos­takis, chairman of the Health and Men­tal Health Com­mit­tee, said he be­lieves it’s the right thing to do.

“Ninety percent of chil­dren get hooked on cig­a­rettes be­fore the age of 16,” Anag­nos­takis said. “The 15-year-olds and 16-year-olds get their cig­a­rettes from 18-year-olds. You don’t find 21-year-olds hang­ing out with 14- and 15-year-olds, so it is go­ing to have a dra­matic im­pact.”

The full Leg­is­la­ture would have to ap­prove the mea­sure be­fore peo­ple un­der 21 would be pro­hib­ited from pur­chas­ing tobacco prod­ucts in Or­ange County.

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