The legal age for buying tobacco, including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos will rise to 21, from 18, under a bill adopted by the City Council and which Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has said he would sign. The new minimum age will take effect six months after signing.
The proposal provoked some protest among people who pointed out that New Yorkers under 21 can drive, vote and fight in wars, and should be considered mature enough to decide whether to buy cigarettes. But the Bloomberg administration’s argument — that raising the age to buy cigarettes would discourage people from becoming addicted in the first place — won the day.
If young smokers lost big time, the tobacco companies at least scored one victory—a proposal which would have blocked the public display of cigarettes in stores was taken out of the law.
Either way, there are gonna be a lot of pissed-off freshmen at Columbia.
19:29 // 4 months ago