NYC Considers Changing Legal Age To Purchase Cigarettes From 18 to 21

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM EDT

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NYC Considers Changing Legal Age To Purchase Cigarettes From 18 to 21

April 23, 2013 Updated Apr 23, 2013 at 8:13 AM EDT

NEW YORK CITY (WKBW) - New York City is considering upping the legal age to purchase cigarettes from 18 to 21.

This new proposal, however, would not prohibit people under 21 from possessing or smoking cigarettes.

New York officials say raising the age to 21 would reduce the smoking rate among 18-20-year-olds by 55%.

If the proposal passes, New York would be the biggest city to ban tobacco purchases for those younger than 21.