County Executive Mike Hein Signs Legislation at E.R.H. Raising the Age to Purchase Tobacco Products to 21 into Law
On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein was joined at Ellenville Regional Hospital by Commissioner of Health and Mental Health Dr. Carol Smith; County Legislators Kathy Nolan, Tracey Bartels, Brian Woltman; Steve Kelley, President and CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital, and public health advocates to sign into law landmark legislation raising the age of tobacco purchase in Ulster County to 21. The law, known as Tobacco 21 will take effect on January 1, 2019. Tobacco 21 builds on Ulster County's strong commitment to public health and reducing smoking-related illnesses. Previously, the County Executive worked with the County Legislature to restrict smoking on county-owned property and enhance enforcement of laws prohibiting the marketing of tobacco products to youth.
Each day it is estimated that more than 3,200 children under the age of 18 smoke their first cigarette. This law will improve long-term health outcomes and help protect our County's youth, increasing their opportunity for a stronger, healthier, and brighter future. Simply put it will greatly reduce human suffering, and that is why Mike Hein has been strongly advocating for this for two years.
“We salute County Executive Mike Hein for his leadership for fighting the single most preventable healthcare problem: Tobacco Addiction -- which causes many serious health problems including premature death,” said Steve Kelley, President and CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital. “I applaud Executive Mike Hein for championing this important life-saving legislation!"
Watch the video below about the Ulster County Tobacco 21 Legislation: