Putnam County considers Tobacco-21

CARMEL – Putnam County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra is passionate when it comes to banning young people from purchasing tobacco.  The Garrison lawmaker called for the county to join the growing list of counties that ban the sales of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21.

“America has unfortunately not won the war on smoking and tobacco,” she said on Wednesday. “Smoking is a risk factor for numerous cancers. By the end of 2018, nearly 111,000 New Yorkers will learn they have cancer and sadly more than 35,000 of these individuals will lose the battle. Smoking increases the risk for lung cancer, the state’s number one cancer killer.”

Putnam County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Nesheiwat said he was “deeply troubled about the future of the county’s next generation. “The deaths this county will be concerned with that stemmed from teenage smoking will be astronomical because it is a known fact that smoking kills.”

Scuccimarra hopes to approve a Tobacco 21 law for Putnam County at the August 14 meeting of the Health Committee and forward the proposed legislation to the full nine-member body for a vote during its September session.

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July 26, 2018