The village of Baxter Estates, N.Y., a small community of just over 1,000 residents, has joined the movement to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21-years-old.

The five members of the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the increase, which affects both tobacco products as well as e-cigarettes and other nicotine delivery devices, according to a report from A request sent to village staff for a copy of the ordinance has not yet been answered, and it has not yet been posted to the village’s website.

The increase comes on the heels of the town of North Hempstead passing a similar increase in Nov. 2016 and asking villages within its borders to pass similar increases.

While numerous other cities and counties in New York have passed increases, Nassau County has remained a holdout, rejecting an increase in 2014.



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