Law | Ordering Cigars by Mail in New York Could Get Tougher

If Assemblymember J. Gary Prelaw-D has his way, ordering tobacco products in the state of New York could require that a proof of age statement be filled out and returned to mail order companies before an order can be sent.

A.B.173 is summarized as requiring companies selling tobacco products over the internet to first send a form to individuals to sign stating that such individual is 18 years of age or older. Provides that upon receipt of such form, the company may send the tobacco products if such person is over the requisite age.

On January 12, 2015 the bill was referred to the Health Committee, and it passed last week 3/3/2015. The bill now moves to the Assembly Codes Committee.

New York is home to 19.7 million residents over 54,555 square miles and became a state in 1788.

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