On Wednesday evening, the Chautauqua County Legislature voted to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21-years-old. Lawmakers in the Town of Amherst, in Erie County, are exploring a similar proposal.
As a result, we decided to see how countries across the globe handle the tobacco debate.
It is currently illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 18 in England. However, the minimum age to smoke in public is 16-years-old.
People of any age can smoke in France. However, it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18-years-old. Before 2009, the minimum age to buy tobacco in France was 16-years-old.
People of any age can also smoke in Brazil, however, like France, the purchase age is 18-years-old.
It is currently illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18-years-old in China. However, there is no definitive smoking age in that country. There was no age limit on purchasing tobacco in that the country before 2006.
The current legal age to purchase tobacco is 19-years-old in most Canadian provinces with the exception of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and Quebec. In these provinces, the legal purchase age is 18-years-old.
Do you think raising the tobacco age is a step in the right direction? Here are early results from our Twitter poll.
To cast your vote, head to our Twitter page @WKBW.