Last night, the Albany County Legislature held a public hearing on raising the purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.
Public Health advocates and community members came out in full force to discuss the reasons why raising the purchase age is so important. I was there beside my colleagues from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Lung Association and our friends with the Capital District Tobacco-Free Coalition.
Only three people spoke out against the measure, including the Convenient Store Association who suggests this will hurt small businesses and it won't actually help decrease the rate of smoking. We helped dispel these myths with statistics that show otherwise.
Overall, I think the meeting went well and I think we will have enough votes to pass it through the Health committee in the next month. Stay tuned!