New York State has now joined a handful of other states in raising the age to purchase both tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to twenty-one. Governor Cuomo signed the bill on on 7/16, and it will take effect 120 days after being signed.

The average age of a new smoker in NY is 13, and this new law can help keep tobacco products out of the hands of our youth. This law will also apply to e-cigarettes, and important point because youth e-cigarette use in New York has gone up 160% between 2014 and 2018.

For more on T21 in New York State, read the press release issued from Governor Cuomo’s office by clicking here.

To learn more about the tobacco retail environment in your community, contact TACFL.