The way public health experts see it, only good things will come of the state’s movement toward raising the legal age to buy tobacco and electronic cigarettes to 21, largely because it will place one more impediment in the way of youths who might be tempted to take up a dangerous habit. Andrew Osborne doesn’t see it that way. Osborne, who owns the Vapor Trail Shop on South Park Avenue in South Buffalo, argues that some people use e-cigarettes and vaping products to quit smoking. So raising the age denies more people the chance to start quitting sooner, he said. “This law certainly sends the messages to millions of smokers that vaping and smoking are the same thing,” said Osborne, who is also vice president of the New York State Vapor Association. “And a message like that, in my opinion, is a public health catastrophe.” The state Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill to raise the age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21. The state Senate is expected to approve the proposal in the coming weeks, which would move the measure to the desk of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. He has said he supports the… Read full this story
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