Minimum age for buying tobacco could rise to 21
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.