Essex County lawmakers to consider raising smoking age to 21

PLATTSBURGH, NY (WCAX) The age to purchase tobacco products in Essex County, New York, could soon be raised to 21.

The County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on the measure. If approved, Essex County would join 23 other municipalities in New York that have already raised the smoking age.

Although New York lawmakers considered a bill last session to raise the smoking age, so far only six states have done so – California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii and Maine.

Supporters say the goal is to cut down on youth smoking.