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(New York) City Proposes Raising Minimum Age for Cigarette Purchases to 21
NY Times ^ | April 22, 2013 | Anemona Hartocollis

Posted on 04/22/2013 11:14:54 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Young New Yorkers would not be able to buy cigarettes until they were 21, up from the current 18, under a proposal advanced Monday by Dr. Thomas A. Farley, the city’s health commissioner, and Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker.

The proposal, which would give New York the highest smoking age in the country among major cities, is the latest effort in a long campaign to limit smoking that began soon after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office, with bans on smoking in restaurants and bars, and expanding more recently to bans at parks, beaches, plazas and other public places.

The new proposal would make the age for buying cigarettes the same as for buying liquor. It was not immediately clear whether Dr. Farley’s proposal would make it illegal for people under 21 to possess cigarettes, as well as to buy them. …

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bloomberg; minimumage; nannystate; tobacco
This echoes something that New Jersey wanted to try a decade ago.
1 posted on 04/22/2013 11:14:54 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

What’s the minimum age to purchace a Big Gulp in New York? At what age can you buy table salt in New York?

What time is light’s out for all subjects in the kingdom of New York?


2 posted on 04/22/2013 11:17:58 AM PDT by Obadiah (High speed, low drag.)
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To: Olog-hai

So let me get this straight. A 20 year old soldier who just got off the plane at JFK, after serving a tour of combat duty in Afghanistan could be arrested if he pulled out a pack of Cigarettes while waiting for his Taxi.


3 posted on 04/22/2013 11:19:31 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Olog-hai

This city has as many people in it at my whole state of Ohio does. How they can possibly put up with these obnoxious politician nannies is beyond me. You’d think that somebody, somewhere, somehow would rid themselves of these jerks.


4 posted on 04/22/2013 11:21:16 AM PDT by laweeks
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The city wants taxes taxes taxes. This is just a ploy to make smoking ever more “cool” and “forbidden” among the young, which will increase teenage smoking even more. More kids smoking more taxes. If everyone in the country just stopped smoking for a year, states like New York, and California would implode.


5 posted on 04/22/2013 11:26:57 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Olog-hai

Are these nits on the same planet...haven’t they real work to do? New Yorkers, don’t you care any more?


6 posted on 04/22/2013 11:28:14 AM PDT by yoe
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To: Olog-hai

Now for the voting age.


7 posted on 04/22/2013 11:33:00 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Olog-hai

Good thing 19 year olds don’t know how to travel. By subway.


8 posted on 04/22/2013 11:33:11 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Leftists' favorite Mass Murderer: Kermit Gosnell)
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To: Olog-hai

New Jersey says, “Thank You, Mayor.”


9 posted on 04/22/2013 11:34:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: apillar
So let me get this straight. A 20 year old soldier who just got off the plane at JFK, after serving a tour of combat duty in Afghanistan could be arrested if he pulled out a pack of Cigarettes grabbed a beer and the airport bar while waiting for his Taxi.

Same sh*t, different day

Also, I believe this proposal would be re: sale, not possession.

10 posted on 04/22/2013 11:36:29 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

at*


11 posted on 04/22/2013 11:36:44 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: Olog-hai

I really don’t care what happens in NYC. They brought it on themselves be electing a despot.


12 posted on 04/22/2013 11:46:28 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: laweeks
You’d think that somebody, somewhere, somehow would rid themselves of these jerks.

There ARE some. Unfortunately, the NY GOP is NOT among them. Remember, Bloomburg was allowed the R by the NY GOP in 2001.

Some other notable NY GOP office holders; Rockefeller (Gov), Wilson (Gov), Javits (Sen), Lindsay (NYC Mayor)

13 posted on 04/22/2013 11:47:53 AM PDT by Roccus (Government = politicians and bureaucrats......'nuff said.)
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To: apillar

I am not a smoker but this is more Bloomberg nanny nonsense.


14 posted on 04/22/2013 11:57:52 AM PDT by darkangel82
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"I really don’t care what happens in NYC. They brought it on themselves be electing a despot."
15 posted on 04/22/2013 11:58:34 AM PDT by BO Stinkss ( I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees)
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To: yoe
Are these nits on the same planet...haven’t they real work to do? New Yorkers, don’t you care any more?

I'm sure some New Yorkers do object; most unfortunately, a majority have accepted state serfdom.

16 posted on 04/22/2013 12:11:10 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: Olog-hai
The real goal is to prohibit tobacco altogether.

Then we can have drive by shootings over it, and calls for even more gun control.

17 posted on 04/22/2013 2:06:03 PM PDT by Salman
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To: Salman

Yeah, that’d be great, especially having Rahm Emanuel telling tobacco dealers after they kill a little girl to “take it somewhere else” and whatnot . . .


18 posted on 04/22/2013 2:13:22 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: ozzymandus

That’s almost like saying “I really don’t care what happens in Germany; they brought it upon themselves by electing a despot” back in the 30s . . .


19 posted on 04/22/2013 2:14:32 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

At what age can you vote in NY? At what age are you considered to no longer be a minor? At what age can you serve full active duty in the US Military in NY? At what age can you buy and sell property in NY? Just wondrin’....


20 posted on 04/22/2013 2:35:44 PM PDT by NEMDF
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What I don’t understand is how the city keeps getting away with it. Doesn’t anybody in Albany have a say?

Even though the ones in Albany might agree, seems to me state law would be controlling over local whims and daydreams...


21 posted on 04/22/2013 2:41:11 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: NEMDF

At what age can you vote in NY? At what age are you considered to no longer be a minor? At what age can you serve full active duty in the US Military in NY? At what age can you buy and sell property in NY? Just wondrin’....


At what age can a trustafarian sit on a corporate BOD for a little walkin’ around money and even less work?


22 posted on 04/22/2013 3:41:48 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: Olog-hai

I think not. And besides, nobody cared what happened in Germany until they invaded another country.


23 posted on 04/22/2013 4:18:26 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

NYC’s nonsense may yet invade its neighboring states via a sort of reverse California effect.


24 posted on 04/22/2013 4:25:27 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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