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New York City Raising Smoking Age from 18 to 21
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on November 01, 2013 @ 7:23PM
Created on November 01, 2013 @ 6:34PM

We all know smoking is terrible for you, but now one city in our nation is taking more steps to try to stop it.

New York City legislators voted to raise the legal age of being able to buy cigarettes from age 18 to 21.

This change would make NYC the first major US city to raise the age limit for buying or having cigarettes. Many officials, and you, said it's a good idea.

NYC officials said they hope it'll reduce smoking rates among New Yorkers, especially the younger generation. According to a report, more than 80% of the city's adult smokers start before they turn 21.

That's why they said changing the age limit is so crucial. It'll help stop creating new smokers. Officials also said cigarettes, especially e-cigarettes, are geared toward younger people. This is because they have candy-like flavors.

One young girl said she thinks raising the age limit is a great idea.

High school student and RAZE member Elizabeth Egel said, "I think it's good because so many kids are doing it nowadays and if there's some restrictions on it age wise maybe it'll happen less."

Experts in our region said it sounds like a good idea.

Rochelle Sutton, the public health nurse for the Barbour County Health Department, said, "I don't think that it's a bad idea to raise the age. I do believe it might provide an additional layer of prevention for some kids."

According to one report, almost 4,000 smokers in our own state die from tobacco use or from smoke exposure. 

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