Bob Duffy Statement on New York Raising Cigarette Purchase Age

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Bob Duffy issued the following statement in response to New York State raising the minimum age for the purchase of cigarettes and e-cigarette products from 18 to 21:

Duffy said, “Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see the age to legally purchase cigarettes and electronic cigarette products raised to 21 throughout New York State. We thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and legislative leaders for their work on this issue. Rochester Chamber is also grateful to our business and community partners who have joined in support, including the American Heart Association, American Lung Association, The Children’s Agenda, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, LiDestri Food & Drink, the Monroe County Medical Society, the Monroe County School Boards Association, MVP Health Care, Nazareth College, and the University of Rochester.”

Duffy added, “Keeping tobacco products out of the hands of our youth is proven to help reverse the trend of adolescent smoking adoption, positively impacting health care costs, worker productivity, and the health of these at-risk individuals and their loved ones for years to come. Reducing the burden of nicotine and tobacco and their impact on public health not only promotes, but also ensures the continuity of healthy and thriving communities.”