New York To Raise Smoking And Vaping Age To 21

The Rochester Democrat reports:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has backed a plan to raise New York’s smoking age to 21, a proposal meant to curb tobacco use by teens and make the state the seventh to make the switch. The Democratic governor announced Saturday he would include the plan in his budget proposal, which he will unveil in full on Tuesday.

The plan backed by Cuomo would do four major things: ban the sale of any tobacco or e-cigarette products to anyone under the age of 21, prohibit pharmacies from selling any tobacco or e-cigarettes, prohibit retailers from displaying tobacco products if they allow children inside, give the state power to ban flavored e-cigarette liquids.

A ban on tobacco displays will mean that thousands of convenience stores will have to remodel their front counters.