State Senate Could Vote on Raising Tobacco Buying Age Soon

Gallivan seeks discussion on a single age of consent for adutls

Tom Puckett
March 11, 2019 - 4:00 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Last week, the Assembly voted to raise the minimum age of buying tobacco to 21 in New York, One local state senator thinks it's only a matter of time before it happens in the State Senate.

"I do think we'll see a vote on it this session, and I think it's more likely than not it will pass," says State Senator Patrick Gallivan. But Gallivan is opposed to that bill, at least by itself.

He notes there are different ages of consent for different things in New York. "Whether to get married, serve in the war, make an arrest as an Erie County Sheriff's deputy but at age 20 not allow that person to buy tobacco, that's not right," says Gallivan. "I think it's hypocrisy. I think we ought to be looking at one single age of consent."

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