In June, three absent county supervisors effectively defeated a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-year-old in Essex County, N.Y. Today, they were back, they voted, and the increase passed.
According to a report by SunCommunityNews.com, everyone on the 18-member Essex County Board of Supervisors voted on the matter, with by a weighted vote of 1,755 to 1,116. The county uses a weighted roll-call tally voting system, which assigns each member a certain number of votes based on the population of the area within they county that they represent. The proposal needed 1,461 votes to pass.
Like the version voted on earlier in the summer, the increase also applies to electronic cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia, with violators subject to a hearing in front of the county’s board of health and fines between $300 and $1000 for a first violation, while subsequent violations could reach $1,500.
Essex County is located in the northeastern corner of the state and is home to approximately 40,000 residents.