WHITE PLAINS, NY — Westchester County Board Legislator Kitley Covill (D – Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers) is happy to report that a new law raising the age for the purchase of tobacco and related products in the County from 18 to 21 is working in our communities.
Recently, Westchester County Police sent a youth into two stores in Mount Kisco as part of a compliance check to ensure that the shops, which sell tobacco and vaping products, were complying with the County law. One of the two shops visited, Smoking King of Mount Kisco, at 32 E. Main St, was cited Tuesday for selling vaping products to a minor. The other shop, Kisco Vapors at 145 E. Main St., properly denied service to the underage youth.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that our local businesses are not selling alcohol, tobacco, e-cigarettes or nicotine-based products to people under age 21,” said Legislator Covill, “and these compliance checks, along with education, play an important role in encourage young people to make safe and healthy choices.”
In June, the Westchester County Board of Legislators, with Legislator Covill’s full support, passed legislation that raised the age for the purchase of tobacco and related products in the County from 18 to 21. This important law was put into place in order to protect the children of Westchester. The law went into effect in August. Just last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that nationwide youth vaping had reached epidemic levels.
SOURCE: Jason Chervokas, Director of Communications