Long Beach raises age to buy tobacco, vape products to 21 – Newsday

Long Beach City Councilman Anthony Eramo announced a proposal to raise the age to buy tobacco and vaping products to 21. (Credit: Newsday/John Asbury)

Long Beach City Council members voted unanimously this week to raise the age to buy any tobacco products in the city to 21.

City officials said the legislation was long overdue after similar measures were passed in the Town of Hempstead, Suffolk County and New York City. Previously, cigarettes and other smoking products could legally be sold to those 18 and older.

The city’s smoking…

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John Asbury covers the Town of Hempstead and the City of Long Beach. He has been with Newsday since 2014 and previously covered crime for nine years for The Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.

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