NYC to Raise Cigarette-Buying Age

    Cigarette packs are displayed at a convenience store in New York, Monday, March 18, 2013. A new anti-smoking proposal would make New York the first city in the nation to keep tobacco products out of sight in retail stores. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the goal is to reduce the youth smoking rate. The legislation would require stores to keep tobacco products in cabinets, drawers, under the counter, behind a curtain or in another concealed spot. They could only be visible when an adult is making a purchase or during restocking. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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    The New York City Council is considering upping the legal age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced Monday. She’s counting on City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, fellow City Council members, and health advocates to support the proposed law, despite arguments from opponents that as legal adults, 18-year-olds should be able to decide for themselves whether they want to smoke. If this proposal passes, New York would be the biggest city to ban tobacco purchases for those younger than 21. “With this legislation, we’ll be targeting the age group at which the overwhelming majority of smokers start,” Quinn said.

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