The minimum age to purchase tobacco products in St. Lawrence County, N.Y. will be staying at 18-years-old as the county’s legislature rejected a proposal to raise it to 21 by an 11-4 vote on Monday.
The proposal would have imposed penalties on those who sold tobacco to a person under 21, but contained no penalties for a person under 21 using tobacco, something that didn’t sit well with legislators according to a report from WatertownDailyTimes.com, who was first to report the proposal’s outcome. The bill also drew opposition from those who felt that it was an example of government overreach.
The proposal had also drawn opposition from the town of Ogdensburg, whose city council voted unanimously to send a letter to the county legislature encouraging them to reject the increase.
Several other counties in New York have passed similar increases, including Tompkins, Orange, Schenectady, Sullivan, Chautauqua, Albany, and Cattaraugus. New York City has also raised the age to purchase tobacco within its borders to 21-years-old.
A bill is also still active in the state legislature to make an increase to 21 statewide.
St. Lawrence County is located along the Canadian border in the northern part of New York and is home to approximately 111,400 residence.