New York Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age

    Different cigarettes at a storeNew York City has changed the minimum age to legally buy tobacco from 18 to 21, becoming the first major city to do so.

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    “Teen smoking is a huge issue, especially given that if you ask current smokers, 81 percent started before they were 21,” said Susan Kansagra, MD, New York City’s deputy commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

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