City Council To Vote On Raising Age For Tobacco Purchases In NYC To 21


cigaretteNew York – The City Council is expected to vote today on a measure that would raise the age limit to buy cigarettes in New York City from 18 to 21.

It’s the latest effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to target the cigarette industry. Supporters believe the older age would discourage young people from starting early.

But critics say the bill won’t make a difference.

The bill targets retailers rather than underage smokers themselves.

If sellers violate the sale to minors law, they can be fined up to $1,000 for each violation found in a single day and up to $2,000 for a second violation. Retailers could also lose their license to sell tobacco products, period.

The measure includes electronic cigarettes.

It cites a report by the Centers for Disease Control that shows the number of high school students who have tried e-cigarettes has jumped six percent in the last year.

{Andy Newscenter}