Ulster County joins counties across the state including Orange, Westchester, Albany and New York City that have already raised the minimum age of purchase.
“It will help prevent many people from ever experiencing the severe health impacts of smoking in the future by making it more difficult to start,” said Ulster County Executive Mike Hein.
Among the law’s requirements:
No one can sell tobacco products or smoking paraphernalia to those under 21 in Ulster
Tobacco retailers must require customers show their ID including a valid driver’s license or passport before sales
Retailers who sell tobacco must post visible signs that state the age restrictions and note sales are prohibited to those under 21 per local law
The county health department is to provide all tobacco retailers with training materials and programs.