December 5, 2017




Dutchess lawmakers consider raising tobacco purchase age to 21

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess County Legislature will debate raising the age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21.

Legislature Chairman Dale Borchert said there are several sponsors of the proposed local law, but there could be a change before it reaches the full lawmaking body.

“There is a suggestion that we amend it so that people who are active military would be exempt from this law,” he said. “We are waiting to see if that amendment comes forth on committee day or not.”

Borchert said there is also some pushback from convenience store owners, who says tobacco products are obtained by young people more often through friends who are older rather than from their shops. That concern was raised in other counties, including Sullivan, as they debated their versions of “Tobacco 21”.


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