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Onondaga County Legislature passes bill raising tobacco purchasing age to 21

Onondaga County Legislature passes bill raising tobacco purchasing age to 21

A bill that would prohibit anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing tobacco products in Onondaga County has been approved by the Onondaga County Legislature.

The legislation, which was passed Tuesday afternoon, raises the age requirement from 19, which the county approved back in 2009. The statewide requirement is 18.

The measure includes herbal cigarettes, rolling papers, pipes and electronic smoking devices.

The health committee had unanimously passed the measure (4-0) back on Nov. 20. It must now go through a public hearing and then be signed by County Executive Joanie Mahoney for it to become law. Mahoney vetoed the 2009 bill that would raise the age to 21, but the legislature had enough votes to override her.

If Mahoney signs the bill into law, Onondaga County would join 10 other counties in the state, including all five New York City boroughs, that have passed similar statutes, according to the New York State Department of Health. Those include Cortland and Tompkins counties, in central New York.


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