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New York City Raises Smoking Age to 21

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On October 30, the New York City Council approved legislation, by a 36-9 vote, to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21 years old. According to the City Council, in New York City, 80% of adults who become daily smokers start smoking before reaching the age of 21. Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY) signed the bill on November 19.