The City of Binghamton has passed a law prohibiting new tobacco retailers from locating near schools.
The ordinance bans new stores that sell cigarettes or chewing tobacco from opening within 500 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school.
The law was passed unanimously last month by City Council and signed by Mayor Rich David.
David says children need to be shielded from the dangers of nicotine addiction.
"The context or premise of trying to limit new businesses from selling in close proximity to school is really part of the educational process and the protection of our youngest citizens," said David.
The new law does not affect existing businesses within the 500 feet radius.