The New York City smoking legal age may be raised to age 21 if the NYC Council has its way.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, things have not been getting easier for smokers lately. The Obama cigarettes tax under the Obama budget plan for 2014 would increase the cost 94 cents per pack. Studies have shown that hookah smoking is not a healthy alternative to cigarettes.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the New York City smoking legal age needs to be moved from 18 to 21 in order to save lives:
“By one estimate, raising the smoking age to 21 could reduce the rate among 18 to 20 year olds by 55 percent, that will literally save lives. With this legislation, we’ll be targeting the age group at which the overwhelming majority of smokers start”
It’s not yet clear whether the NYC smoking age bill would make it illegal for anyone under 21 to hold cigarettes on their person. It would still also be illegal to ask older person to purchase cigarettes for someone deemed underage for smoking by the law.
Health Committee Chairman George Cardenas said Chicago is likely to follow the New York City smoking legal age laws:
“That’s something worth exploring because more kids are smoking now. Why are so many more kids picking up smoking when it’s so expensive [because of a steady stream of sin tax hikes]? I’m not sure. But, they’re doing it. We’ve got to look at ways [to get them to stop.]”
Cardenas has also previously proposed that people under age 21 be prohibited from purchasing energy drinks in Chicago.
Do you agree with the New York City smoking legal age proposal for age 21?