ALBANY, N.Y. (WBNG) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed legislation to raise the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products from 18 to 21.
According to Gov. Cuomo’s office, the bill will take effect in 120 days.
“New York is taking aggressive action to stamp out smoking among teens and children, but tobacco and e-cigarette use still persists thanks to irresponsible corporate marketing campaigns targeting young people,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “By raising the smoking age from 18 to 21, we can stop cigarettes and e-cigarettes from getting into the hands of young people in the first place and prevent an entire generation of New Yorkers from forming costly and potentially deadly addictions.”
His office says New York State has moved from the 18th healthiest state in the nation in 2012 to the 10th healthiest state in the nation in 2017. Despite the progress, state officials say tobacco use continues to be the number one cause of preventable death in New York.