A law to raise the legal minimum age for the sale of all tobacco products to age 21 has been introduced in the Rensselaer County Legislature, a policy option that has demonstrated significant results in reducing youth smoking. The process is moving quickly and could come up for a vote as early as December 12, 2017.
If you would like to share your opinion on Tobacco 21, you can do so at the next Public Forum scheduled for Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 5:30 in the Legislative Chambers, 3rd Floor, 1600 Seventh Avenue in Troy. Or you can contact your legislator directly; a list of County Legislators along with contact information is available here.
You can read the specific proposal being considered by the Rensselaer County Legislature and a Troy Record article about it.
You can also learn more by accessing the Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center fact sheet here or by visiting www.Tobacco21.org.