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New York Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age from 18 to 21

by Connor Ryan


The young people of New York City will soon have to wait a little longer to get their tobacco fix.

The City Council, with the strong support of Mayor Bloomberg, approved legislation, 35-10, on Wednesday night that would increase the legal age for purchasing tobacco products — including: cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos — from 18 to 21.

The new law will go into effect in six months. It is the strictest smoking limit of any big American city.

NY Expands No Smoking Zones in State Parks

by Associated Press

Ferran Jordà, flickr

Smoking will be banned in more places within New York state parks this summer.

The governor's office announced Friday that the state is expanding the number of smoke-free areas at state parks, pools and historic sites, including many of New York's popular beaches.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says residents should be able to enjoy the outdoors "free of pollution from secondhand smoke."

The new rules vary from park to park, so the state has posted a list online of places where smoking is banned.

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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