CNY County Closer To Raising Smoking Age To 21
Do you think the legal age to buy tobacco should be 21? It may happen before you know it.
Onondaga County passed a vote 11-5 to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21 years old. Syracuse.com reports the next step is a public hearing. It will then go to Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney for her signature.
Currently, you must be 19 to purchase tobacco products or 18 if you're in the military. The military exemption is not included in the newly proposed bill.
With all the evidence of what smoking does to your body, why would anyone want even to try it let alone start? And then there's the price. Who can afford $10.00 for a pack of cigarettes every day? Take our poll and join the conversation in the comments below.
Syracuse.com says Cortland, Tompkins, Sullivan, Orange, Cattaraugus, Schenectady, Albany and Suffolk counties have already adopted tobacco 21 laws. New York lawmakers also are considering raising the state's smoking age to 21.