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Locals weigh in on Gov. Cuomo's proposal to raise age for tobacco and e-cigarettes

NEW YORK (WETM) - Governor Cuomo announced a new proposal to raise tobacco and e-cigarette sales age from eighteen to twenty - one which will be included in the 2019 budget.

This is part of the governors comprehensive legislation to curb tobacco and e-cigarette products. Sale of tobacco and electronic cigarette products would be banned in pharmacies.

Vapor New York of Elmira said some may have a hard time digesting the news if it comes into play. 

"They're gonna be a little disgruntled, because it is a really big college town. Elmira college is very big. I think they're gonna be a little mad about it, " said employee, Tori Canestaro.

Vapor New York told 18 News that they don't necessarily foresee a drop off in sales. They're not worried. In fact, most of their profits ironically come from people trying to kick the smoking habit. 

"It will effect our sales a little bit just because we are a college town with Elmira college around the way. but a big portion of our sales are from people being sent here to stop smoking," said Store Manager, Michael Hughey 

Right now there are six states across the nation where you need to be twenty-one to smoke or buy tobacco products.

Those states are California, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

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