Lowey Applauds Smoking, Vaping Age Increase in Westchester
WHITE PLAINS, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) issued the following statement after the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted 16-1 to raise the age to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21:
“I applaud Westchester for raising the age to buy tobacco and vaping products. We’ve long known the dangers of smoking, and now we’re starting to see the next public health emergency in the form of e-cigarette use among young people. Recognizing that vaping devices are addictive gateways to tobacco products, I will continue to call on the FDA to take adequate measures to protect our communities, especially our children, from these dangerous products.”
Congresswoman Lowey has been a leader in the U.S. House for regulating e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. During an April 17 Appropriations hearing, Lowey challenged FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on the agency’s approach to e-cigarettes, particularly JUULs, warning that delaying action will put youth at unnecessary risk. She has also hosted multiple roundtables with students, local officials, community leaders, medical experts, and advocates on the dangers of youth smoking.