In Ulster County, N.Y., when the new year is rung in, it will also signal an increase to the age to purchase tobacco products as the county’s legislature unanimously approved a resolution on Tuesday that will make 21-years-old the new minimum to purchase tobacco products.
According to a report by DailyFreeman.com, the proposal passed “without discussion,” and is expected to be signed into law by County Executive Michael Hein, who has called for an increase during the past two legislative sessions.
Ulster County is located in the southeastern part of the state and is home to approximately 180,000 residents.
Update (June 8, 2018) — The county executive signed the bill into law on June 6, and the increase will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. This story was originally published on May 16.