Should Tompkins raise tobacco purchasing age to 21? Public hearing scheduled

Tompkins County has moved a step closer to raising the purchasing age of tobacco to 21. The Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of the law Monday and scheduled a public hearing on the local law for April.

Raising the purchasing age of tobacco, e-cigarettes, shisha and smoking paraphernalia is meant to reduce the number of smokers under the age of 21, according to the Ithaca Voice who has in-depth reporting on the proposal.

It’s an interesting one that has undoubtedly drawn interest from individuals across the political spectrum. There are people who feel very strongly about it on both sides, but many who wonder if it’s a decision that should be made at the county-level.

Tompkins County is within their right to propose such a law and move this forward, but the public response will be an interesting item to follow in the coming weeks. Check out the entire story below from the Ithaca Voice.

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