New York City Mayor Micheal Bloomberg, is expected to sign a bill into law on Tuesday, that will raise the legal age to buy tobacco products.
The bill, which was passed by the City Council last month, will raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21. The bill is meant to make it harder for teenagers to obtain tobacco products. As it is now, teenagers only need to ask someone slightly older than them to buy them tobacco. This legislation would make it so that teenagers will have to talk to someone older or buy tobacco from the black market, reports the Associated Press.
Mayor Bloomberg is also expected to sign a bill on Tuesday that will ban coupons and special sales to promote tobacco sales. It will also set a minimum price of $10.50 for a pack of cigarettes, the Associated Press notes.
According to The New York Times, more than 80% of smokers in New York City start the habit before the age of 21.
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