Should the Legal Age to Buy Cigarettes Be Raised in New York?

April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 6:28 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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April 29, 2013 Updated Apr 29, 2013 at 6:28 PM EDT

New York City, NY (WKBW) -Should the legal age to buy cigarettes in New York be raised from 18 up to 21? Some downstate lawmakers think so and they're proposing new legislation to change the current law. WIth close to 4,000 American teens trying their first cigarette before the age of 18 every single day, new legislation here in New York is trying to tackle the problem only allowing people 21 and up to buy cigarettes.