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New York proposes age restriction on smoking

Law aims to prevent young people from developing deadly habit

New York is at it again. This time, instead of trying to limit the size of sugary beverages you can buy, it’s cracking down on young smokers.

The City Council, with the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, unveiled a plan that would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase or smoke cigarettes. The Council said that the whole idea is in the interest of stopping young people from developing a habit, which leads to the No. 1 cause of preventable death.


Cathleen Flahardy

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