Raise the smoking age

It’s June once again, and a proposed NY State Tobacco 21 minimum legal sales age law is once again in jeopardy of running out of time. With bipartisan support in both the Senate and Assembly, both full chambers in Albany should be given an opportunity to pass this common-sense, bipartisan-supported law.

I’m calling on my local and surrounding area legislators, both in the state Senate and Assembly, to push for a T21 bill to be put on the table. In addition I’m asking for them to reach out to their colleagues for support to see that their respective bills (S.3978; A.273) advance to a full vote in both chambers. Last year time ran out on the bill stuck in committee. The time for delays and excuses should be over. Ninety-five percent of smokers begin their path to tobacco addiction before age 21. Just do the math.

The Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Rules Committee have their respective bills before them. They should be responsible this time and vote them out of committee. Please.

This should not be a political issue. Just take a look at last month’s Nassau County Legislature’s unanimous passage of a T21 bill. Come on already!

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June 7, 2018