Proposed legislation would raise the age someone could buy cigarettes and tobacco products, from 18 to 21 years old.
In Monroe County, that is getting the push from Legislator LaShay Harris, who says it’s a small step to protect our young people.
She says the issue also hits close to home.
"There are many people in my family that have been smoking since they were in their teens. 13, 14, years old and many of them have suffered long disease, lung damage, cancer because of it."
Harris says this would protect our young people from starting to smoke earlier.