In the argument over whether or not to increase the legal age of tobacco purchase and sale to 21, one type of product, at least in Tompkins County, has been largely left out of the conversation. “E-cigarettes,” “vaporizers” and “vape pens,” all fall into the category of “electronic nicotine delivery systems.” With the legislature expected to vote on the matter Tuesday evening, vendors are expressing dismay that they may soon be forbidden from selling their products to some of their most avid customers.
Michael Frennier, of Plattsburgh, president of the New York State Vapor Association and owner of Unique eCigs on Fulton Street of Ithaca, also spoke against the law at the April meeting. “Your vape shops and so-forth are really trying to get people away from cigarettes,” he said. “It’s with the real tobacco cigarettes that the dangers lie.”
Frennier told the legislature that he doubts changing the purchase age will make much of a difference given that the law does not prohibit the possession of tobacco products for those under 2