The days of being able to buy cigarettes at 18 in New York City are almost gone.
This past Wednesday, a bill was adopted by lawmakers that would raise the legal age to purchase cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos in New York City. Smokers will soon have to be 21 and over in order to legally purchase any of the above products. This new law will be the strictest tobacco law in any major U.S. city.
In addition to the new age limit, there will also be increased penalties for store owners who do not pay their tobacco taxes, a discontinuation of discounts on tobacco products and a minimum price on cigarettes and little cigars being set at $10.50.
The law is set to be signed by Mayor Bloomberg and will go into effect six months after the initial date of signing.