Cutting Off Access: NYC Raising Age to Buy Cigarettes

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 7:00 AM EDT

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Cutting Off Access: NYC Raising Age to Buy Cigarettes

October 31, 2013 Updated Oct 31, 2013 at 7:00 AM EDT

Buying cigarettes in the Big Apple just got a lot harder for young adults. Yesterday lawmakers decided to crackdown on who can purchase cigarettes, raising the legal age limit from 18-years-old to 21.

New York City Council adopted the strict new guidelines in a bill. These guidelines state that no one under the age of 21 can purchase tobacco, cigarettes, cigarellos and cigars. Mayor Bloomberg already gave the proposal a thumbs-up, announcing he'll sign the bill and the new minimum age will take effect just 6-months after he signature hits the paperwork.

Folks proposed the same arguments that resurface time and time again when talking about the legal age limit to drink (people under 21 can drive, vote and fight in wars), this time arguing in favor of purchasing cigarettes at a younger age. But according to the New York Times, the Bloomberg administration made the winning argument. It told council that raising the age to buy tobacco products will steer young people from lighting up an addiction.

Aside from passing the bill with a 35-10 vote in favor of raising the age limit, council also took on other anti-smoking measures. Some of these new measures include more penalties for retailers who try to escape tobacco taxes, removing discounts on tobacco products and capping the minimum cost of cigarettes and little cigars at $10.50.