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Mayor Bloomberg signs law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21
Mayor Bloomberg signs law to raise cigarette purchase age to 21
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 11/19/2013 at 3:04PM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has signed a law making New York the first major U.S. city to have a minimum cigarette purchase age of 21. Bloomberg signed the law on Tuesday, raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well as e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. The law, which Bloomberg said “will [...]

NYC may raise tobacco purchase age to 21
News Cristabelle Tumola 4/22/2013 at 4:00PM

If City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has her way, drinking won’t be the only thing that becomes legal at 21. Newly proposed Council legislation would raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products in the five boroughs from 18 to 21. The change would make NYC the first major U.S. city to have a minimum [...]

Poor smokers spending 25% of income on cigarettes: study
Poor smokers spending 25% of income on cigarettes: study
News Billy Rennison 9/19/2012 at 4:06PM

A new study shows a quarter of smokers’ income is going up in smoke. Low-income smokers in New York are puffing away nearly 25 percent of their cash on cigarettes, according to a recently releases study by RTI International. New York has the highest state cigarette taxes in the nation at $4.35 — only slightly [...]

Smokers at record lows in New York City
Smokers at record lows in New York City
Health Billy Rennison 9/28/2011 at 4:12PM

More New Yorkers than ever have put out their last cigarette. The number of New York City smokers has reached all-time lows, officials recently announced. In the past decade nearly half a million New Yorkers have put out their cigarettes, with 100,000 smokers quitting between 2009 and 2010. Smoking is down 35 percent throughout the [...]