WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County lawmakers raised the age to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 in a vote Monday night.

The county Board of Legislators voted 16-1 to increase the age to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes, rolling papers and other products. Only Republican Minority Leader John Testa voted no.

Increasing the age will reduce the amount of people who become regular smokers, lawmakers said.

The change is expected to be signed into law by county Executive George Latimer. It goes into effect 60 days from when it’s enacted.

Westchester is the latest municipality to up the age to 21, after a similar measure became law in Rockland County in April. The town of New Castle in Westchester passed its own bill to increase the age earlier last month.

The statewide age is 18, but municipalities can choose to increase the age on their own. New York City and several other counties have been upped to 21. The minimum age in Nassau County is 19.

The state has debated raising the statewide age for tobacco products to 21.

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Massachusetts now only needs the signature of Governor Charlie Baker to pass T21 statewide.

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Massachusetts now only needs the signature of Governor Charlie Baker to pass T21 statewide.

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More freedoms being restricted, awesome. #ILoveAmerica

Waste of effort, I’ve seen teens out in front of high school smoking yards away from local police who did nothing , at the same time we fine a shop owner for selling to minors , crazy

This isn't going to prevent a thing.

That's total B.S.. They want too do that, they better raise the age for signing up for the draft too!!!!!! "F" these politicians that seem to know better.

18 year olds. Old enough to fight in a war, join a police academy, get into professional drag racing, learn to fly a private plane, or even be an EMT. But buying alcohol or cigarettes? Not if Big Brother has anything to say about it.

Got to vote these people out, term limits, don't vote them.back

If you want this you are the problem with this country

Sadly, it is a Freedom to burn your lungs with tobacco smoke.

21 smoking age statewide would be a great thing for Massachusetts. This will save lives in the long run. Yahoo !

What a joke ,,more laws

Good

Didn't we already do this?

Stupid government

Yes it does Epie Heim.

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The Kent City Council in Ohio approved T21!

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Whatever happened to living in America, a free nation based upon the tenet of "Do as thou wilt, but bring harm to none (other)"? When was it that a Constitutional Republic could be utilized to limit the rights of the individual? I am anti-tobacco, but I am pro-choice and pro-freedom.

T21 laws combine with STEEP & IMMEDIATE increases in tobacco taxes for a tobacco-free generation. #BeTheFirst medium.com/@TobaccoFreeSC/how-a-tobacco-tax-increase-can-save-s-c-billions-by-snuffing-out-new-sm... By a unanimous vote: www.fox9.com/news/shoreview-city-council-votes-to-raise-age-to-buy-tobacco-to-21 www.silive.com/news/2018/06/minimum_price_for_a_pack_of_ci.html#incart_2box_silive-homepage-featured Teenagers, aka children, on allowances and twentysomethings in entry level jobs are easily priced 💵 out of the tobacco market, and by the time their salaries increase later in life they are past the age when 95% of nicotine substance abusers start 🚬 smoking. Teen smoking is furnished by both illegal sales of tobacco to minors and tobacco supplied to minors by older friends, therefore, raising the purchase-use-possess tobacco age to 21 puts the sources outside the circle of friends of high school kids. juneauempire.com/local/2015-02-03/juneau-assembly-approves-big-hike-local-tobacco-taxes-e-cigaret... T21 helps cut the supply of cigarettes to underage smokers: '95 percent of adult smokers started smoking before age 21. Tajh, 19, is not surprised to hear that. He said he often gets asked by his underage peers to buy them cigarettes, and it gives him chills everytime. He became slightly emotional when talking about how one of his friends approached him with that request. "Eventually, I did tell him, 'No,' " Tajh said. "But the mere fact that he asked me -- it's hard." Kyleel Iniguez said it is crucial that more teenagers speak loudly and publicly on this issue, because public information campaigns ...are not as personal and influential as peers.' www.spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/hudson-valley/news/2018/06/07/two-teen-brothers-campaign-against-un... www.wecard.org Juul Labs announced support for raising the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21. www.fool.com/investing/2018/05/12/the-fda-cracks-down-on-a-leading-e-cig-maker.aspx

So basically we are telling adults how to live there lives that they can be drafted into warbut you can buy a pack of cigs good job America

I like how at 18 people can join the military, go thousands of dollars in debt in school, be in a pornographic movie, pay taxes, go to jail, yet we say they can't buy alcohol or cigarettes? C'mon now, either we need to make everything 18, or everything 21.

Ridiculous. Gotta be 18 to own your own vehicle, own a house, join the military, and vote etc. But 21 to choose to buy cigarettes?! Seriously?

So go to the next town, and buy your cigarettes at 18, and there is nothing Kent can do about it.

When do we raise the military service age to twenty-one?

Good now work on alcohol to 30 .

Awesome! Bring it on !

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