In his State of the County address, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein said he would push for the county to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Five states have raised the age to 21: California, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey. Advocates say such laws reduce smoking because 90 percent of smokers take up the habit before age 20 and teens are less likely to know someone over the age of 21 to purchase tobacco for them.
What do you think?
Should Ulster County raise the age for tobacco purchase from 18 to 21?
- Yea (65%, 186 Votes)
- Nay (35%, 102 Votes)
Total Voters: 288