Chemung County could be joining others across the state in the fight against teen smoking.
At a health priority partnership meeting Tuesday, a topic of discussion was tobacco 21. The law focuses on rising the purchasing age of nicotine and tobacco. Officials say it could really put a stop to a trend in the county.
“Tobacco initiation only starts to peer off at the age of 22 so if we're hitting that population between 19 and 21 with tobacco 21 legislation we can have a really big effect on smoking initiation and that's discouraging youth to stop smoking.," said Sarah Robbins, Southern Tier Tobacco Coalition Awareness Director.
Tobacco 21 has been adopted by nearly 20 counties statewide.