Westchester raises age to buy cigarettes

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Westchester County has officially raised the age to buy tobacco products.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer signed the bill into law that raises the age from 18 to 21 years old. The law goes into effect in two months.

The County Board approved the measure Monday night by a vote of 16-1. Lawmakers say their goal is to try and decrease the number of people who become habitual smokers.
Westchester is just the latest local municipality to raise the age for tobacco sales. Earlier this month, the town of New Castle raised the age there to 21. Last month, Rockland County did the same. New York City established 21 as its age limit in 2013, according to a county spokesman.

Many counties across New York have already established 21 as the tobacco-sales age limit, from Cattaraugus in Western New York to Schenectady County upstate to Onondaga County in Central New York to Suffolk County on Long Island.

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