WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo has made New York the 17th state in the nation to raise the age for buying tobacco products to 21.
Cuomo signed the Tobacco 21 Law Tuesday. It will take effect in 120 days.
The American Heart Association says tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, have increased in popularity among teens.
By raising the age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21, the theory is that older teens will no longer be able to provide for younger teens.
“We’re hoping that age difference will make a difference. Obviously we cant stop everyone, but I have a 12 year old. He doesn’t have a 21 year old friend who will buy him tobacco products, so that age generation and difference will hopefully help with that,” said Stacy Spaziani, regional director of the American Heart Association.
Studies show if a person does not smoke before the age of 21, his or her chances of ever smoking are just 2 percent.