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Hein signs Ulster’s Tobacco 21 legislation

Hospital President Steven Kelley, podium, accompanied by County Executive Michael Hein and 
Health Commissioner Dr. Carol Smith

ELLENVILLE – Ulster County has joined the growing list of Hudson Valley counties to adopt a local law prohibiting the sale of tobacco and vaping products to persons under the age of 21.

County Executive Michael Hein signed the measure at a ceremony on Thursday at Ellenville Regional Hospital. He noted the negative effects of smoking at a young age.

“It impacts Ulster County specifically because in the Robert Wood Johnson health rankings where we have made such improvements, there is an area in which we were lagging behind and that area was specifically youth smoking and what that means, obviously long-term health-wise. So, we recognized that we wanted to act and act quickly,” Hein said.

To County Legislator Tracy Bartels, illness from smoking is personal.

“I am a mother of a seven-year-old daughter who is named after my aunt who my family lost to smoking-related cancer and hopefully this will change so many lives and it is obviously a piece of legislation that will be felt for many, many generations to come,” Bartels said.

Ellenville Regional Hospital President Steven Kelley had a pointed observation.

“This will be legislation that will be raising the age for the purchase of the only legal substance that if used properly leads to the death of most of the people that take it,” Kelley said.

Ulster joins Orange, Rockland, Westchester and Sullivan counties in adopting similar local laws.

 


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