Rockland County Raises Smoking Age

This month, Rockland County announced that it has chosen to raise the age to purchase both cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Previously, consumers only had to be 18 years or older to buy these products, but as of July 2018, a consumer must be 21 years of age. There are several provisions of this new law that are important for residents to be aware of.

First, all sales of tobacco products will be banned for individuals who are under the age of 21. This not only includes cigarettes but also chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes, rolling papers, and cigars. In addition, Rockland County will designate enforcement to the Rockland County Health Department, meaning that they will ensure businesses are complying with the age restrictions. Finally, the law has established that any person that is found to be in violation of the law will be required to pay a fine of $2,000 per day.

The reason for raising the age of tobacco purchases is because studies show that 96 percent of smokers begin smoking before they are 21 years old. In fact, many of which start before they are 16 years of age.

If you have questions about changes to Rockland County laws, contact our firm today.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.