NYC to Raise Minimum Tobacco-Purchasing Age to 21

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

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to a group at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011.
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Sophie Novack
Oct. 31, 2013, 3:14 a.m.

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.