A Suffolk County legislator has announced plans to introduce a resolution that will raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes in the county to 25-years-old.

The ordinance is sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator Sam Gonzalez, a former smoker who is seeking to make it more difficult for anyone else to get hooked on cigarettes and other tobacco products. He also told NYPost.com that the increase would make Suffolk County a more attractive place to live.

Currently, New York’s statewide minimum age to purchase tobacco products is 21-years-old, but that law allows cities and counties to enact stricter rules, such as sales restrictions and higher minimum ages to purchase tobacco products.

The resolution is scheduled for its formal introduction and a public hearing at the legislature’s Oct. 6 meeting. It would also increase the minimum age for an identification check to 30-years-old from the current minimum of 27-years-old.

If approved, the increase would go into effect immediately.

Suffolk County is located on the eastern half of Long Island and is home to approximately 1.477 million residents.

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