In 2013, New York City made headlines for raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21-years-old. Since then, a number of counties in the state have followed suit, and this year the state assembly will once again consider making the increase statewide.
Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, D-67, has once again introduced a bill seeking to make 21 the minimum age to purchase tobacco and nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigarettes. She introduced a similar measure in the 2015 legislative session.
Assembly Bill 273, which was referred to the Committee on Health for further debate, has already garnered seven co-sponsors. The previous session’s proposed increase was also referred to the committee but did not advance out.