Albany, N.Y. (RBC) – Effective today, any individual who intends to buy tobacco or electronic cigarettes in New York need to be 21 years old or older.
Governor Andrew Cuomo authorized the bill, altering the age from 18 to 21 into regulation in July.
The age adjustment affects traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and vaporizers.
According to the Department of Health information, 27 percent of senior high school students in New York State are making use of e-cigarettes.
Governor Andrew Cuomo stated they decided to avoid more cigarette products from “getting involved in the hands of our youth.”
So far, Sixteen states have authorized raising the smoking age to 21, though in some, the adjustments will not take effect until later on in 2019 or the coming years.