Tobacco-Free Network

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Starting January first, Onondaga County residents who want to buy tobacco products must be 21 years old.  Lawmakers by a vote of 11 to 5 Tuesday amended a local law that raises the age from 19, which was set in 2009.    Executive Director of the Regional Chapter of the American Heart Association Franklin Fry says the measure had the support of residents, school districts, hospitals, and dozens of companies.

"We've seen it work elsewhere.  We know from our science that if someone can get to 21 without smoking, there's only a two percent chance they ever will."

Tobacco Free Network of CNY

Middle and high school students in Fulton, the Institute of Technology in Syracuse and across the state today called attention to the billions of dollars of tobacco promotion in stores that is likely influencing kids to start smoking at the average age of 13.  Today is Seen Enough Tobacco Day, and students created displays aimed at raising awareness of tobacco placement and advertising.  Joe Wicks is with the Tobacco Free Network of Central New York, and says even pharmacies are partly to blame.