PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Town Council approved a resolution in support of efforts to raise the age for purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years.
A similar measure was recently passed by the City of Plattsburgh Common Council, and Plattsburgh Town Supervisor Michael Cashman said other towns are expected to follow suit.
It will ultimately be up to the Clinton County Legislature to decide the issue.
The local effort is led by the advocacy groups Tobacco Free Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties and Reality Check, who are working with others to get the legal age raised in those counties, as well as Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties.
Similar efforts have been successful in other parts of New York, including Albany, Cattaragus, Chautauqua, Cortland, Orange, Schenectady, Suffolk, Sullivan and Tompkins counties and New York City.
Plattsburgh Town Councilor Barbara Hebert said she talked with a lot of people in the community about this and received a range of opinions.
"There was a mixed reaction to how it is playing out," she said.
Cashman said the proposal goes along with town's tobacco-free-parks policy.
"This certainly falls within the same spirit," he said.
The town's support for raising the legal age does not mean it is stopping sales to those under 21 right now, he said.
That's up to the County Legislature, and he hopes the town's support will inspire them to consider doing so but also to make a well-thought-out, informed decision.
"There's lots of opinions out there," he said, adding he realizes that many people will not agree with the town's position.
"I certainly stand behind this item."
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