New York City May Raise Age to Buy Tobacco
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#1 Apr 22, 2013
New York City May Raise Age to Buy Tobacco
The age to legally buy cigarettes in New York City would rise to 21 from 18 under a proposal that officials unveiled on Monday, a measure that would give New York the strictest limits of any major American city.
The proposal would make the age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products the same as for purchasing liquor, but it would not prohibit people under 21 from possessing or even smoking cigarettes.
It is the latest effort in a persistent campaign to curb smoking that began soon after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office, with bans on smoking in restaurants and bars that expanded more recently to parks, beaches, plazas and other public places.
But this latest proposal, announced by Dr. Thomas A. Farley, the city’s health commissioner, and Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker and a mayoral candidate, puts New York squarely into the middle of a debate over the rights and responsibilities of young people, and it drew much skepticism. At 18, New Yorkers are old enough to fight in wars, to drive and to vote, but if the smoking restriction passed they would be prohibited from deciding whether to take the risk of smoking.
Ms. Quinn and Dr. Farley defended the proposal, saying that people typically make the transition from experimental smoking to regular smoking around age 20, and that by making cigarettes harder to obtain at a young age the city would make it less likely that people would become lifelong addicts.
“With this legislation, we’ll be targeting the age group at which the overwhelming majority of smokers start,” Ms. Quinn said in announcing the legislation at a City Hall news conference.
While officials focused on the public health aspect of the age limitation, the announcement was also infused with political overtones. In the past, Mr. Bloomberg had always been on hand, standing in front of television cameras to boldly promote public health initiatives. But on Monday he was nowhere to be seen, allowing Dr. Farley to represent the administration and seemingly ceding the spotlight to Ms. Quinn, who initiated the proposal.
By proposing the legislation, Ms. Quinn, a Democrat who polls show is a leading candidate to succeed Mr. Bloomberg, appeared to be positioning herself to follow in his footsteps as a mayor who would make public health a top priority.
Mr. Bloomberg, in fact, had opposed a similar measure in 2006, arguing that raising the age to buy cigarettes would actually make smoking more enticing to teenagers. But he now believes differently, a spokeswoman said, because the city’s youth smoking rate has plateaued and recent research has suggested a correlation between a higher smoking age and lower smoking rates.
In interviews, many New Yorkers were largely critical of the proposal, viewing it as an attack on the maturity and self-determination of young people.
#3 Apr 22, 2013
Lets bring back prohibition while we're at it
#5 Apr 22, 2013
Feel free to pay smoker's health care costs...Oxygen is EXPENSIVE....
Saint Paul, MN
#7 Apr 23, 2013
The Government has to close the Tobacco Companies down. People will not stop smoking until they do. They should stop complaining if they are not willing to close them.
Since: Sep 11
#8 Apr 23, 2013
The continuing rise of the nanny state in NY. And typical of left wingers, a law with no actual accountability. Bloomberg is a health nazi. Apparently he is grooming the next nazi.
#9 Apr 23, 2013
A common edict in Amerikan Court Rooms is;
"Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse!"
Who is enriched by the creation of Laws, by Lawyer Politicians?
Yes we have a BINGO!
Lawyers that leech off their neighbors, are the only citizens that benefit from the creation of Laws.
Just heard a story on the Radio this AM about a Milwaukee Police Officer (Homosexual), who would pull over Black Men for obscure reasons (Based on the Law of course!), and he would "Digitally Examine" the Law Breakers checking for any Law Breaking "Objects" that may be in the Black Mans Rectum.
His Lawyer (Union Provided?), and the Lawyer Prosecutor, met with the Lawyer Judge, and the Homosexual Cop was able to "plead" to Misdemeanors, and the Sexual Predators charges were dropped.....He will not be a registered Sex Offender.
Who benefits from "Laws"?
#10 Apr 23, 2013
Will GIs be allowed to smoke if under 21?
Smokers suffer but the product is legal and for the most part only hurt those who use it.
Alcohol on the other hand kills thousands each year, why not ban booze?
Oh that's right banning booze was attempted and failed. So why attempt to stop usage of anything, especially when smoking pot has just been legalized in some states?
The USA is confused!!
#11 Apr 23, 2013
Redeemer is getting on the greyhound right now!
#12 Apr 23, 2013
I thought that I saw a "Black Streak" across the window....That was Red rushing to the "action" eh?
Gawd I hope Slewsie does not get jealous......Psychotics ain't pretty when they are pissed!....They seem to repeat themselves repeatedly.
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