Just about a month after tabling a proposal to increase the age to purchase tobacco and tobacco alternative products to 21-years-old, the Putnam County Legislature approved the legislation during its meeting on Tuesday night, joining the growing Tobacco 21 movement that steadily been growing across the country.

The increase should go into effect before the end of the year, as the bill specifies that it will occur 60 days after the change has been filed with the New York Secretary of State. Retailers will face a fine between $300 and $1,000 for selling tobacco to a person under 21-years-old.


The proposal passed by a 6-3 vote, according to a report by PCNR.com.

Putnam County is located approximately 60 miles north of New York City and has approximately 100,000 residents.

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