Shop owners react to raised smoking age across NYS

Tim Grignon, a manager at Smokes 4 Less along Route 9, figured New York would ultimately change its smoking age to 21.

So when the new law changed the legal age from 18 to 21 on Wednesday, he was ready.

A sign went up weeks ago to alert customers that the change was coming, and he said he has already braced for the impact on his shop’s revenue.

“It will definitely have an impact, but I welcome the challenge,” he said Wednesday. “It feels like the change was inevitable to counter the trend of underaged vaping and smoking.”

Stores across New York were dealing with the new normal Wednesday as the law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in July took effect to ban the sale of tobacco and electronic cigarette products to anyone under age 21.

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