Another New York county will be increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, as today the Orange County legislature voted unanimously in favor of limiting tobacco purchases to people 21 and older.
The increase must still get the signature of County Executive Stephen M. Neuhaus, though he is expected to sign it. Once he does, it will go into effect on June 1, 2017. Once in effect, retailers will face fines starting at $300 and increasing to $1,500 for selling to an underage person.
Orange County is located approximately 70 miles northwest of New York City. It has a population of approximately 376,000 residents.
Update (Jan. 27, 2017) — County Executive Stephen M. Neuhaus signed the increase today, according to ThePhoto-News.com. It will go into effect on June 1, 2017.
This story originally ran on Dec. 22, 2016.