Today is a great day to live in Albany County. Last night the Albany County Legislature voted to pass Local Law C, which would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The vote was 24-13.
It was inspiring to see the work of the legislature at it's finest. While some legislators still argued against it, the number of legislators who spoke in favor of it was overwhelming.
These individual's gave their "Why". Because they are parents and want to see their children grow up without an addiction to tobacco. Because they themselves smoked and saw firsthand how easy it is for youth to get their hands on cigarettes. Because they themselves are dealing with the consequences of smoking. Because they have lost someone they love to one of the many tobacco-related health conditions.
The next step is to urge Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy to sign the bill into law. It's unclear how he will act, so the pressure is on to make sure he knows how important this legislation is and the impact it will have on Albany County's youth.
Stay tuned for more developments!