On Wednesday June 8, County Executive Dan McCoy signed Tobacco 21 into law, making it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.
As you are aware, smoking is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. This new law will make it harder for youth to get their hands on tobacco products, ultimately lowering the chances dramatically of them ever starting in the first place.
Your phone calls, e-mails, texts and signatures on our Change.org petition spoke volumes to the County Executive on how important this was to you. We couldn’t have gotten this passed without all of your help!
Below is some local media coverage of the County Executive’s signature:
We are now working with advocates in Montgomery County, Cortland County and Schenectady County on their own Tobacco 21 bills! Fingers crossed that New York will soon be the next state to pass statewide legislation protecting our youth from dangerous tobacco addiction!