NPR reported today that the New York City Council could vote to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21.
"Why are we doing this? Well let’s look at the data. Eighty percent of adult smokers in New York City started before age 21,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is quoted as saying in a report from CBS New York.
….Federal law says that the smoking age is 18 — meaning young people born in 1995 are allowed to buy cigarettes right now — but cities and municipalities are allowed to raise that age. In
ancient Greek statessome places the age is 19, and in Needham, Mass. you have be 21. And if the City Council votes to pass the measure today, New York City would become the biggest city in the country put the 21-year-old age requirement on cigarettes.
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