Authorities in Holbrook, New York, prohibited sale of synthetic marijuana in town and increased legal age to buy tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 19. The change comes into effect from January, 1, 2015.
Last week, the Holbrook Board of Health with the majority of votes adopted a law which increases the age from 18 to 19 to legally buy tobacco products. Retailers have the right to ask for an ID from a person who buys cigarettes and appears to be younger than 19.
According to Health Agent Arthur Boyle, the Holbrook Board of Health with the tobacco purchase age increase wants to keep tobacco products out of reach of young people. Those who will sell tobacco to those under 19 will be subjected to a $100 fine for the first offence, and also they will get a three-day suspension of the tobacco selling permit. The next offences will cost $300 and the retailer will get a permanent revocation of the permit for four or more violations within 18 months.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals the results of a study which showed that 60% of middle school age teens who smoke at least once a month said that no one asked them to show the ID when buying cigarettes.
Health care representatives say that though there exist state laws banning sale of tobacco products to minors, still the access to tobacco products by minors is a big problem.
Also the Board of Health prohibited sale of synthetic marijuana by anyone in Holbrook. State law permits local boards of health to make reasonable health regulations which provides the Holbrook health board right to increase the legal age to buy tobacco products.