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Beginning November 13th you'll need to be 21 to buy tobacco products in New York State

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Posted at 12:38 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 12:38:07-05

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation in July that raised the age to buy tobacco and e-cigarette products in New York State from 18 to 21.

That new law goes into effect on Wednesday November 13th.

"The goal of this law is simple - to prevent cigarettes and vaping products from getting into the hands of our youth, creating an addiction to a deadly habit," said Cuomo. "We are taking aggressive action to make sure the decades of progress we've made to combat tobacco addiction is not undone by a sharp rise in e-cigarette use among younger New Yorkers."

In Chautauqua County this change took place in 2016, making it the first county in the state, outside of New York City, to do so.