NYC becomes first major city to raise tobacco age to 21

Posted on: 12:05 pm, October 31, 2013, by , updated on: 12:22pm, October 31, 2013

NEW YORK – New York City has become the first major city to raise the minimum to age to purchase tobacco products.

The Big Apple now requires buyers to be at least 21, instead of 18 like most other states.

NYC officials have also created new penalties for buying cigarettes on the black market.

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