NYC makes 21 the legal age for cigarettes, tobacco products

10/30/2013 | Bloomberg

The New York City Council voted Wednesday in favor of raising the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products and electronic cigarettes to 21. The move would make New York the first major U.S. city to prohibit cigarette sales to 18- to 20-year-olds. "This legislation will reduce smoking rates among New Yorkers -- especially young New Yorkers -- sparing them years of nicotine addiction and health problems," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.

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