NYC raises the age to legally buy cigarettes

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teen%20smoking1NEW YORK – The age to buy cigarettes in New York City is officially going up. A bill adopted by the city council will raise the age to buy cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.

Health officials and anti-smoking advocates argue that putting cigarettes out of the reach of young adults will ultimately save lives.

“Research shows that people are moving from casually trying cigarettes to becoming cemented smokers in those critical age years,” Michele Bonan of the American Cancer Society told PIX 11. “And so when you’re around your peers and you’re starting to see this trend taking hold, it’s more likely to take hold at those ages.”

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he will sign it into law. It will go into effect six months after it gets the mayor’s signature. This will be the strictest limit on buying tobacco products of any major American city.

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  • n corso

    This wont stop people from smoking it will just get someone old enough to buy them and they will purchase them in larger quantities.

  • The World is Ending

    It won't work. When I was in high school a large number of kids some as young as 13 or 14 were smokers, and where did they get the cigs ….. From their parents. Unfortunately in the community I grew up in drinking and smoking were encouraged.