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New York working to raise smoking age

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NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an attempt to curb the use of tobacco products by teenagers through a new law.

The city’s health commissioner and the city council announced a proposal to raise the age to legally buy cigarettes from 18 to 21.

Before the measure becomes law, it needs to be approved by the council and signed by the mayor.

Experts said they believe raising the age limit could cut smoking among 18 to 20-year-olds by more than half.

If it is passed, New York City would become the first major city to create such a law.