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    Posted: Nov 21 2013 at 11:51am

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Bill Raising New York City Smoking Age From 18 To 21

BY Erin Durkin

Mayor Bloomberg signed a bill into law Tuesday raising the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21 -- making New York the first major city in the country to enact such a restrictive law.
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The law will take effect in 180 days after Bloomberg put his signature on the measure, passed by the City Council last month.

Bloomberg said it “will prevent young people, we think, from experimenting with tobacco when they are most likely to become addicted.”

“People always try to put things like selling cigarettes in the context of jobs and whether or not it helps or hurts stores,” Bloomberg said. “I think that’s so outrageously misplaced. This is an issue of whether we’re going to kill people.”

The bill had long been pushed by sponsor Councilman James Gennaro (D-Queens), who was inspired to act by the death of his mother from lung cancer and urged Bloomberg, who had once opposed a similar measure, to get on board.

It will protect our teenagers from getting addicted before they realize it,” said Health Commissioner Tom Farley. “We’re going to look back on today as another major advance against the world’s most dangerous drug.”

Bloomberg also signed a bill to set a minimum price of $10.50 for cigarettes, prohibit discount offers, and step up enforcement against evasion of cigarette taxes.

It was the last in a slew of public health crusades for the outgoing mayor - from banning smoking in bars in restaurants and later parks and beaches to requiring restaurants to post calorie counts, prohibiting trans fats, and making an attempt currently blocked in the courts to limit sugary drinks to 16 ounces.

Some of the efforts have earned him derision for running a “nanny state” - but for the crowd at the bill signing, it was an opportunity to take a victory lap and lavish praise on the mayor’s public health record.

“Years from now, we’re going to look back at the last 12 years as a golden age of public policy with regards to health,” said Dr. Andrew Racine of Montefiore Medical Center. 

“I venture to say that the Bloomberg administration has had more impact on the health of the citizens of this city than all of his predecessors combined, with the possible exception of whoever invented the sewage system.”


http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2013/11/mayor-bloomberg-signs-bill-raising-smoking-age-from-18-to-21



Edited by tatee - Nov 21 2013 at 11:51am
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interesting…. 


im not mad at it. but he's a fool to think that this will stop teenagers from getting addicted… 

if ppl can get alcohol and drugs before legal buying age.. do you think its gonna be that hard to get someone to buy ciggs…? 

and 10.50 minimum per pack?! this is gonna open up a big underworld of importing cigs from diff states for cheaper and selling them on the streets for less than in the store.. 

nice try though.. forreal. 


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The hood will still be smoking cigarettes
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gotdamn, 10.50!?
Yeah, ppl gonna be hustling cigs on the street now too
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote **Sk!TtLeS B** Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Nov 21 2013 at 12:12pm
I wonder if people really honestly truly think about all the options when they create restrictive bills like this. Even when the smoking age was 18, I'm sure there were hella highschool students smoking cigarettes. What exactly is this law gonna do other than inspire creative ways to break it?
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man loosies bout to be on the rise like sh*t
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I think its a step in the right direction.  Got to start some where since the tobacco industry is powerful and blocks any nat'l attempts to get rid of those death sticks.
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they need to raise it to 75 nationwide.

cigarettes are disgusting

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Glad, I ain't in NY
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Originally posted by eanaj5 eanaj5 wrote:

gotdamn, 10.50!?
Yeah, ppl gonna be hustling cigs on the street now too
kneegrows been selling loosies here in Philly downtown.  Dead
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