NEW YORK, N. Y. (WIAT) – After years of striving to set a national agenda for curbing smoking, New York City may soon set a new bar by becoming the largest city in the United States to raise the minimum age for buying cigarettes.
The city’s health commissioner wants to raise the legal age to buy cigarettes from 18 to 21.
The move would require approval by the city council and the signature of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg supports the age change.
According to officials, raising the age limit could cut smoking among 18 to 20 year olds by more than 50 percent.
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