It’s official: New York State is raising the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21 years old. Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that affects all tobacco products, from e-cigarettes to handmade cigars.
The new law is expected to go into effect 120 days after becoming law.
Earlier this year, Cuomo proposed the idea to raise the legal age as part of his executive budget package.
“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,” said Cuomo in a statement.