As New York continues to move closer to legalizing recreational marijuana, it’s making a different smoking product less accessible to residents.
The State Senate on Monday approved a bill that seeks to raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes and e-cigarettes from 18 to 21. The vote was the second step in the process, having already been approved by New York’s Legislature. The bill now requires the signature of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who supports the legislation, to become law. It’s expected to go into effect 120 after his approval.
Once the bill is passed, New York will join seven other states that have raised the smoking age to 21. Is it fair to let people fight in the military at 18, but not smoke or drink until they’re 21?