The new legislation would have made it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase these products.
The Monroe County Legislature's Agenda/Charter Committee voted to kill legislation that would have raised the age to buy tobacco products.
The legal age to buy products containing tobacco is set at 18 years old. The new legislation would have made it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase these products.
In favor of the bill were Democratic Legislators Mark Muoio of Rochester and Justin Wilcox of Brighton.
Those who voted against the bill were Republican Legislators Kathy Taylor of Greece and Parma, Tanya Conley of Perinton and East Rochester and Sean Delehanty of Perinton.
“I am disappointed my Republican colleagues have chosen to defer to the state to protect our kids from tobacco instead of taking local action,” said Legislator LaShay Harris. “I will continue to work on behalf of our kids to reduce tobacco use in our county and improve the health of our residents. It is especially disheartening that while I offered to amend the bill’s language to address any potential concerns, they did not offer any amendments and chose instead to vote it down."
Monday nights vote will keep the legislation from going to the full Legislature and prevent Monroe County from joining other counties, along with New York City, who already enacted similar laws.