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Toughest cigarette ban in nation proposed

NEW YORK — New York City, home to bans on trans fats and salt, is taking a step toward outlawing sales of cigarettes to anyone under age 21.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, running to replace health conscious Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is due on Monday to announce legislation to increase the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18, the current limit.

On nearby Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties have boosted their legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products to 19.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 4 months ago

The irony is that if everyone in New York quit smoking tomorrow, the city would have a financial meltdown due to plummeting tax revenues.

New York State charges $4.50 a pack and NYC tacks on an additional $1.50. Do the math on those numbers.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

Politicians have to keep up the illusion that they care about the well-being of their constituents.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

It's not the cigarette that harms/kills, it's the person who smokes it and exhales the poisonous second-hand smoke.

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MRKIA 1 year, 4 months ago

CIGARETTES, GUNS, ALCOHOL, HAVING CHILDREN ECT... IT'S ALL ABOUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND LIVING WITH YOUR CHOICES AND THEIR EFFECT ON OTHERS.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 4 months ago

Unfortunately we have a lot of irresponsible people out there and we as a society need the government to regulate dangerous items to make us safer.

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