A legislator in Monroe County, N.Y. has introduced legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old.
The proposal was introduced on Monday by Legislator LaShay Harris, D-Rochester, and would also apply to e-cigarettes according to multiple reports. The text of the ordinance has not yet been posted to the county legislature’s website, and an email sent to Leg. Harris’ office seeking a copy of the proposal was not returned.
While New York state legislators have not yet passed a proposal to make 21 the statewide minimum age for tobacco, more than 20 counties have done so on their own, as has New York City.
Monroe County is home to approximately 747,000 people. It is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario and includes the city of Rochester.