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NYC to Raise Minimum Tobacco-Purchasing Age to 21

It will soon have the strictest limits on tobacco of any major U.S. city.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.(Chet Susslin)

Lawmakers in New York City adopted the tightest limits on tobacco purchases of any major U.S. city Wednesday.

A bill adopted by the city council—which Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he will sign—raises the legal age for buying tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21, The New York Times reports. 

 

The bill passed the council 35-10. The law will take effect six months after Bloomberg signs it. 

Lawmakers responded to some protests of the new proposal by saying that it will discourage young people from becoming addicted.

"This is literally legislation that will save lives," said Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

 
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