GOSHEN – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus visited C.J. Hooker Middle School on Wednesday, April 19 to talk to students about the County’s Tobacco 21 law.
Neuhaus signed legislation in January to enact a law that would increase the minimum age for purchase of cigarettes and other tobacco products in Orange County from 18 to 21.
The Orange County Legislature unanimously approved the proposal in December of last year. Legislator Jim DiSalvo introduced the law.
The Tobacco 21 law takes effect on June 1 of this year. Retailers who sell tobacco to someone under 21 could be fined $300 to $1,000 for a first offense and between $500 and $1,500 for further violations.
“The students were diligent about studying the Tobacco 21 law and had some wonderful questions about the legislation,” Neuhaus said. “The County wants to do all it can to keep cigarettes out of the hands of young people and this event provided a way to convey that important message. I enjoyed spending time at C.J. Hooker Middle School and I want to thank the students, faculty and staff for being such wonderful hosts.”