Chautauqua Co. Legislature approves of law to raise age for tobacco sales to 21

This file photo shows packs of cigarettes (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Just like with alcohol, tobacco may soon be unavailable to those under 21 in Chautauqua County.

On Wednesday night, the County Legislature showed their approval of a measure to raise the legal age for tobacco sales from 18 to 21.

The local bill, which passed 13-6, would make Chautauqua County the first place in the state, other than New York City, where people must be 21 to purchase cigarettes.

A public hearing will be held before it is decided whether or not the bill will be signed into law. County Executive Vincent Horrigan says he is leaning toward signing it.

The new policy would take effect on October 1 if signed into law.

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