State Raises Smoking Age to 21

New York Raises Smoking Age to 21

By Dan Gesslein

NEW YORK- New York State legislature has raised the smoking age from 18 to 21. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. 

New York State joins NYC in raising the smoking age to 21. Mayor Bloomberg raised the age in 2013.

“This year I proposed raising the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 to help stamp out teen smoking and protect New Yorkers,” Cuomo said. 

“The lifelong health effects of tobacco cannot be overstated and in New York we are committed to doing everything in our power to keep tobacco products out of the hands of young people. I commend the Assembly and now the Senate, including Senator Diane Savino and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, for joining us in this effort, and I look forward to signing this lifesaving legislation,” Cuomo said. 

State lawmakers say the goal is to reduce the number of people smoking by limiting access to tobacco by youngsters.

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