A Long Island legislator has introduced legislation that would raise the age for smoking and vaping from 21 to 25 in in Suffolk County.
The legal age to smoke statewide is 21. But localities have the option to raise it higher. New York City’s smoking age is 21.
The author of the proposed law, Suffolk County Legislator Sam Gonzalez, said boosting the age to 25 will save thousands of lives by discouraging and preventing young people from smoking.
Smoking will be less alluring to a more mature 25-year-old, said Gonzalez, who kicked the habit 27 years ago, around the time his daughter was born.
“I was a two-pack-a-day smoker,” Gonzalez, 59, said.
“The raise the age law will stop the younger kids from smoking. There is a big difference between the age of 21 and 25,” Gonzalez said.
He said having an age 25 smoking law will “absolutely” make Suffolk a more attractive place to live.
Suffolk officials and