In a move that would make New York City the first major city in the U.S. to raise the minimum buying age for purchasing tobacco products to 21. The city council voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve the bill which now only needs to be signed by the mayor to become law. Given Bloomberg’s history on health issues and proactive legislation there’s not much doubt whether or not he’ll sign the bill into law. He has 30 days to do so.
“We know that tobacco dependence can begin very soon after a young person first tries smoking so it’s critical that we stop young people from smoking before they ever start,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
“We have to do more and that’s what we’re doing today,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “We have a real chance of leading the country and the world.”
I think the real question here is what 18 and 19-year-old kids can afford $12 packs of cigarettes anyway. And yes, that’s what a pack of cigarettes costs in NYC.