Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York's law raising the minimum sales age for tobacco and electronic cigarette products goes into effect beginning November 13, 2019. The law raises the legal age for purchasing these products from 18 to 21.
Retailers found selling tobacco and vaping products to underage individuals will face criminal penalties in addition to civil penalties.
To further crack down on retailers selling tobacco and vaping products to underage youth, State Police is partnering with the Department of Health to conduct undercover investigations across the state under The Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act, which enlists underage youth to attempt to buy tobacco and e-cigarette products. As of November 1, over 1,700 inspections have occurred since July outside of New York City focusing on youth 18 years and under.