Raise age to buy cigarettes to 21?

PHOTO COURTESY: paradigmmalibu.blogspot.com

PHOTO COURTESY: paradigmmalibu.blogspot.com

Teen smokers who can legally buy cigarettes in New York, may soon be out of luck.  A city council proposal would raise the legal age to buy tobacco to 21.

A vote on this proposal is expected sometime this fall. The idea behind it is to stop more people from ever trying to smoke. However, the surgeon general says about 90 percent of smokers have already started by the age of 18.

There are other critics who say raising the smoking age would hurt small businesses and cost the city tax revenue.Do you think this could do what it’s intended to do? Good idea?To read more on the efforts to raise the age limit, click here.


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