Lawmakers discuss raising tobacco sales to 21+

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – An Albany County legislator has proposed a new law that would make Albany the third locality in New York to raise the age to legally purchase tobacco products to 21.

Tim Nichols, a democrat out of Latham introduced the legislation Thursday; he says he’ll release the specifics of his plan later on Friday.

Currently, New York City and Suffolk County are the only two spots in New York that you have to be 21 to buy tobacco.

Tobacco sales have been a focal point for Albany County legislators in recent months, with a plan to ban it in pharmacies in the county being vetoed by county executive Dan McCoy; instead, he proposed a law that would ban the display of tobacco products in pharmacies, or stores with a pharmacy department.

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