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In Mayor's Footsteps, Quinn Looks to Raise Minimum Age for Buying Cigarettes

by Connor Ryan
Someone holding a cigarette.

Justin Shearer, flickr

Christine Quinn, the City Council speaker and leading mayoral candidate, and Dr. Thomas Farley, the city's health commissioner, put forth a proposal Monday morning that would require New Yorkers to be at least 21 years old in order to purchase cigarettes in the city.

While it would be illegal for young New Yorkers to purchase cigarettes, the proposal is not clear as to whether possession of cigarettes by those under 21 in the city would be illegal.

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